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dc.contributor.authorTaylor-Collins, Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-07T10:42:03Z
dc.date.available2020-09-07T10:42:03Z
dc.date.issued2020-09
dc.identifier.citationTaylor-Collins, Nicholas, ‘Ageing John Banville: from Einstein to Bergson’, Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies (ABEI), 22.1 (2020), 159–72 <doi: https://doi.org/10.37389/abei.v22i1>en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://revistas.fflch.usp.br/abei/article/view/3855
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/11134
dc.descriptionArticle published in Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies (ABEI) available open access at http://revistas.fflch.usp.br/abei/article/view/3855en_US
dc.description.abstractThere is a clear engagement with theories of time across Banville’s oeuvre, from his earliest published work through to the twenty-first-century novels. I explore how, in their engagement with age and ageing, Banville’s characters adopt and interrogate Albert Einstein’s and Henri Bergson’s competing ideas of the present and the passage of time, sliding from favouring the former to prioritising the latter. Martin Heidegger’s conception of Dasein, a Being-toward-death, allows me to explore how Banville’s characters evoke either Einstein’s spacetime and series of nows, or Bergson’s psychologised Duration (Durée). This is borne out in Gabriel Godkin’s subverted and anti-atavistic narrative in 'Birchwood' (1973), the battle over authenticity between Copernicus and Rheticus in 'Doctor Copernicus' (1976), and how Hermes controls the mortals’ time and tries his best to age in 'The Infinities' (2009). I conclude that Banville’s characters’ evolving preference for Bergsonian over Einsteinian tropes indicates an acceptance and happy engagement with the ageing process.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAssociação Brasileira de Estudos Irlandeses
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBrazilian Journal of Irish Studies;22.1
dc.subjectageingen_US
dc.subjectJohn Banvilleen_US
dc.subjectHenri Bergsonen_US
dc.subjecttemporalityen_US
dc.subjectAlbert Einsteinen_US
dc.titleAgeing John Banville: from Einstein to Bergsonen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.37389/abei.v22i1
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-07
rioxxterms.funderCardiff Metropolitan Universityen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US
rioxxterms.versionVoRen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-09-07
rioxxterms.funder.project37baf166-7129-4cd4-b6a1-507454d1372een_US


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