October 30, 2007

Narrative Causality

"The absence of a narrative of causality is precisely what prevents Edward from identifying with her tales and from believing - or even wanting to hear - her side of her mother's story."
Carine Melkom Mardorossian, "Double (De)Colonization and the Feminist Criticism of Wide Sargasso Sea"

I'll admit, my English brain must be a little rusty - for the life of me I couldn't remember what narrative causality was. So, like most college students, I took my search straight to Google's homepage. (I'm not perfect after all, and I do have some prior knowledge - I just don't remember it.)

What I came up with was some lecture notes from George Kampis at JAIST: Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. I thought they were kind of interesting in general. But, according to Kampis, the role of causation in narrative, "is made explicit here: actions and events do not just freely 'follow' each other but are consequences."

In Wide Sargasso Sea, I agree that this is the case. Events don't simply 'follow' each other - and Rochester had his mind made up before any events occurred, is that really narrative causality? No, it isn't. Problems, problems, problems.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at October 30, 2007 12:04 PM | TrackBack
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