Published November 2012
Carolyn Burns compares Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd to Rossini’s opera buffa Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Using these darkly comic works she challenges the idea that opera and musical theatre control the passage of time using different methods. She argues that both works explore the tension between oppressive patriarchy and independent femininity, and yet affirm conventional views about gender.
Bryce Christensen analyses C. P. Snow’s optimistic conception of science, showing that his famous attack on the literati of his day for their irresponsibility hides a fundamental contradiction. For in his trenchant social critique published in The Two Cultures, Snow does not accommodate the tragic implications of thermodynamics for the human race.
Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg
Shelagh Rowann-Legg formulates an interpretation of Deleuze’s theory of the time-image. She analyses the post-modern films Solaris and Arbre los ojos, in which a virtual construct is produced in the minds of the central characters, exemplifying Barbara Filser’s ideas about the third cinema.
Kevin A. Spicer
Kevin Spicer evaluates Derrida’s interpretation of Heidegger’s treatment of Anaximander’s saying that things offer justice to one another for their injustice with respect to time. Using the thought of Schelling, he disputes Derrida’s view that by not placing due emphasis on disjointure, Heidegger involves himself in an outmoded metaphysics of presence.
Daniel Alipaz seeks to show that Merleau-Ponty’s analysis of the philosophy of Bergson makes possible the conceptualisation of time as a breach in the present of presence. He shows that Bergson set himself the problem of using a static body of signs to represent change, and he investigates Merleau-Ponty’s contention that this aporia is resolved by Bergson’s treatment of his writings as the performance of an experiment in philosophising.
Distance Over Time [pdf]
Representing in mellifluous language a journey to the Grand Canyon, Jason Wirtz explores the peculiar relations between time, distance and the mental and emotional life of human beings.
A Year [pdf]
In the free-verse poem ‘A Year’, Jon Cotner vividly depicts the passing of the seasons through a series of imagistic observations.
The Love Letter [pdf]
Using the letter-form David Adams tells a poignant story of desire, aging and disillusion, in which the decay occurring with the passage of time brings unhappiness, and yet even at its worst can allow for autumnal regeneration.