Professor Miller’s talk considered the imagination of counterfactual self-understanding in literature and film, with special attention to the film Another Year (director Mike Leigh, 2010). This “optative” mode of self-understanding compares who one is with whom one might have been had events in the past been different; it is sustained by branching or forking narratives. Leigh’s film portrays such self-understanding by both isolating its various middle-aged characters and juxtaposing those isolated lives. The particular technical devices used by Leigh receive special attention.
- Andrew H. Miller Professor of English Indiana University
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