ASLE Conference Proposed Panel, June 20-24, 2017, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
William James first coined the term “stream of consciousness” in 1890 to describe the flow of consciousness, as metaphors of water seem the most appropriate to describe the flow of thoughts in the human mind. Water is often connected in literature to the flow and passage of time, as time itself is understood to be fluid, relative, non-linear, and variable in one’s experience of the passage of time. This panel seeks to create a dialogue concerning water and time, with a particular focus on the ways in which literary texts link the human mind, water, and temporality. Papers might engage such questions as: