Enacting chronology. Language and time in Chiang’s “Story of Your Life” and Villeneuve’s Arrival


Abstract – This paper examines Ted Chiang’s novella “Story of Your Life” from the point of view of its treatment of the interconnected themes of language and time, and of its relation to the recent film adaptation Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Among the issues discussed is the debt owed by both Chiang’s story and Villeneuve’s film to the writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf and Jorge Luis Borges.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i22390359v21p129

Keywords: Ted Chiang; “Story of Your Life”; Denis Villeneuve; Arrival; Eric Heissserer; Benjamin Lee Whorf; Jorge Luis Borges


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