Challenging the Inevitability of the Future, What Could Have Been: Sideshadowing in Carmen LaForet’s “Rosamunda”

Mansi Pandya Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Linda Willem Butler University
Imagine if you could live in a hypothetical world, a place where your every “what if” was realized. Although this seems like an absurd possibility for the real world, it is something that is conceivable in the world of literature. Typically, a common reader is adept at recognizing foreshadowing as a determined future from past events in the plot with the mindset that it does not make sense for things to be any other way. In this presentation, I will explore an idea contrary to foreshadowing known as side- shadowing, crafted by Gary Saul Morson. Side-shadowing focuses on the hypothetical possibilities that were not realized in the actual story but just as well could have been. While looking at Carmen LaForet’s short story, "Rosamunda," I will choose a certain point in the story to rewrite the text to explore one of the many possibilities that was not realized. This method of revision follows Karen Kline’s paradigm of “transformative adaptation” in which raw material from a text is used to create something new and different, and applies Kamilla Ellott's concept of reading not just from the original to the adaptation, but also from the adaptation back again to the original. By doing so, we will explore how things could have been in “Rosamunda.”
Modern Languages, Cultures, & Literatures
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:15 AM
Jordan Hall 242