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Author Zemka, Sue, 1958-

Title Time and the moment in Victorian literature and society / Sue Zemka
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 285 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 77
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 77
Contents Cover; TIME AND THE MOMENT IN VICTORIAN LITERATURE AND SOCIETY; CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE AND CULTURE; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; NINETEENTH-CENTURY TECHNOLOGY AND TEMPORALITY; OVERVIEW OF CHAPTERS; CRITICAL CONTEXTS AND OBJECTIVES; CHAPTER 1 A brief history of the moment; OVERVIEW; MOMENTS AND MINUTES; ASSOCIATIONISM AND ASSOCIATION PSYCHOLOGY; ASSOCIATIONISM AND LITERATURE; SITUATIONS; THE RELIGIOUS MOMENT; METHODIST TEMPORALITY; KIERKEGAARD'S MOMENT; LAOCOƖN'S LEGACY; THE INSTANTANEOUS IMAGE; FLASH POETRY; CONCLUSION
Summary "Sudden changes, opportunities or revelations have always carried a special significance in western culture, from the Greek and later the Christian kairos to Evangelical experiences of conversion. This fascinating book explores the ways in which England, under the influence of industrialising forces and increased precision in assessing the passing of time, attached importance to moments and events that compress great significance into small units of time. Sue Zemka questions the importance that modernity invests in momentary events, from religion to aesthetics and philosophy. She argues for a strain in Victorian and early modern novels critical of the values the age invested in moments of time, and suggests that such novels also offer a correction to contemporary culture and criticism, with its emphasis on the momentary event as an agency of change"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-278) and index
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Subject Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Eliot, George, 1819-1880 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and technology -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Time in literature.
Time perception in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Form Electronic book
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