Dr Jeet Singh
Central University of Jammu
In narratology, there is a perception that all narratives are primarily stories about time told in time. A concept of time plays a fundamental role in the way we understand and experience the world, construct our identities in specific cultures. Gerard Genette in his book Narrative Discourse: Essay in Method stated that every narrative is in time and about time without which no narrative would mean anything and even understanding would be impossible. His concepts of ‘story time’ and ‘narrative time’ are studied on the basis of ‘Tense’ categories: ‘order’, ‘duration’, and ‘frequency’ which are further sub-classified. Many scholars, critics and theorists have analyzed many postmodern and postcolonial narratives against the background of linear concept of time which proved aesthetically counterproductive because it does not analyze these narratives as primarily based on their own cyclic and circular experience of time.