Marianne van Dijk, BA. (University of Groningen)

In search of space for Mrs. Dalloway
An extension of Ricoeurs hermeneutical phenomenology

In his 1983 work Temps et récit Ricoeur starts of with the idea that time is a fundamental factor in human life. He shows how we cope with problems of time by making use of narratives and illustrates this point by discussing -among others- the narrative of the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

I agree with Ricoeur's idea of time being a central feature of our experience, but I would like to add to this the feature of space. Just like time, space is crucial for the way we experience the world, it plays a decisive role in narratives and our ideas around it can be refigured by stories in the same way time can. What's more, I would like to suggest that time and space cannot even be treated distinctly, as they are intertwined in our encounter of the world.

In my presentation, I will first of all describe Ricoeurs approach of the subject's experience and it's relation to time and narrative, then I will discuss Ricoeur's illustration of his ideas by Mrs. Dalloway, followed by my own account of experience demonstrated in a reinvestigation of Mrs. Dalloway.

Marianne van Dijk (1983) participates in the Research Master Programme Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. She achieved her BA in February 2007, her undergraduate dissertation offering an account of the role of melody in the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Friedrich Nietzsche. Her current research interests lies within the philosophy of art, our relation to it in daily life and the way it relates to philosophy. Especially music and literature attract her attention.