Jon Najarian

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I’m interested in the relationship between literary art and visual perception, and especially how changes or fluctuations to the sense of sight affect verbal representation. In my dissertation, I adopt a conceptual framework from Wittgenstein’s writings on aspect perception to examine moments of analeptic or proleptic representation in 20th century fiction. Attending to the vagaries of visual perception, I argue that Wittgenstein’s notion of “seeing-as” sheds new light on narrative voice and devices such as stream of consciousness.

Education
Ph.D. in English and American literature, Boston University, in progress
M.A. in English and American literature, Boston University, 2013
B.A., Marywood University