Simon James discusses the way in which the term “narrative” has moved from being a literary concept, to one which is increasingly used in a range of other disciplines, from politics to medicine. What can critical studies of fiction learn from the way in which “narrative” is used in the real world? And what can literary studies teach us about the way in which we retell the “narrative” of our own lives?
Simon James’ current research project concerns Charles Dickens, and the way in which the process of remembering childhood may have influenced his fiction. He is also organising the IAS seminar series, Narrating Time.