Course Schedule:

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Week 1: Introduction / The Texture of Time

            Tuesday 1/8: Ramis, Groundhog Day; Borges, “The Garden of Forking Paths”.

            Thursday 1/10:  Ismael, “Temporal Experience”Joyce, "The Dead"Dvořák, “New World” Symphony

 Week 2: The Here-Now

            Tuesday 1/15: D­­ōgen, “Uji”,from ShōbōgenzōLispector, Near to the Wild Heart, Part 1, pp. 3-92.

            Thursday 1/17: Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart, Part 2, pp. 95-194.

Week 3: Time Passes 1

            Tuesday 1/22: Woolf, “The Window,” To the Lighthouse pp. 3-124. 

            Tuesday 1/24: Woolf, “Time Passes” and “The Lighthouse,” To the Lighthouse pp. 125-209. 

Week 4: Physical Time

            Tuesday 1/29: Newton, Principia, “Scholium to the definitions”Leibniz-Clarke correspondence, Clarke §2.1 &                                Leibniz §§3.1-8Du Chatelet, Foundations of Physics, Ch. 6 "Of Time"

            Thursday 1/31: Weatherall notes.

Week 5: Time Passes 2 / Time Travel 1

            Tuesday 2/5: Mellor, "The Time of Our Lives"; Fiocco, "What is Time?"; Deng, "Our Experience of Passage on the B-                        theory"*.

            Thursday 2/7:  Lewis, “The Paradoxes of Time Travel”*; Vihvelin, "What Time Travelers Cannot do"; Caruth, Primer.

Week 6: Time Travel 2

            Tuesday 2/12: No class. 

            Thursday 2/14: Villeneuve, Arrival; Kelly, Donnie Darko.

Week 7: The Persistence of Memory / Time Travel 3

            Tuesday 2/19: Ishiguro, “October 1948” and “April 1949,” An Artist of the Floating World pp. 7-127.  

            Thursday 2/21: Ishiguro, “November 1949” and “June 1950,” An Artist of the Floating World pp. 131-206;                                            Hill, Slaughterhouse-Five.

Week 8: Narrative

            Tuesday 2/26: Nolan, Memento; Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, Chs. 1-3.

            Thursday 2/28: Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, Chs. 4-6.

Week 9: Relativity Theory

            Tuesday 3/5:  Einstein, Relativity: The Special and General Theory, §§8-10; Weatherall notes.

            Thursday 3/7: Savitt, "Being and Becoming in Modern Physics" (esp. section 3); Nolan, Interstellar.

Week 10: Relativity Theory and Experience

Tuesday 3/13: Callender, “The Common Now”*; Hartle, "The Physics of Now".

Thursday 3/14: No reading.