Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Backwards time : the rhetoric of reverse
Author: Virdee, Douglass
ISNI:       0000 0004 9348 8630
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2020
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
Is time reversible? The debate is ongoing, and has at times been misunderstood. This thesis examines the history and philosophy of backwards time, particularly from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, along with its representations and uses in fictional narratives and the argumentation of scientific papers. Focussing on Lewis Carroll, Vladimir Nabokov and Martin Amis - literary figures preoccupied with time who are interrelated in revealing ways - the thesis draws out the satirical, comic and serious effects of backwards-moving temporal processes. In doing so, it suggests that our conception of time depends in large part upon the modes of reasoning we deploy to make sense of it. The discussion of the idea of backwards time in this thesis includes a wide range of phenomena to reflect on the broader cultural-historical aspects of ideas about time and to suggest some of the ways in which they impinge on e.g. the moral and political spheres.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available