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.