Time And The Moment In Victorian Literature And Society - Sue Zemka (Hardcover)

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9781107007420
Department
Books
Released
24 Nov 2011
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Sue Zemka
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Cambridge Univ Pr
Series
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture
Language
English
Number of Pages
285
Dimensions
229 x 159 x 19mm (635g)

Annotation

"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 modernityinvests 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"--

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 industrializing forces and increased precision in assessing the passing of time, attached importance to moments, 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.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Literary Criticism
BISAC Subject 1
Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
BIC Classification 1
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
Library Subject 1
English fiction; 19th century; History and criticism.
Library Subject 2
Time in literature.
Library Subject 3
Time perception in literature.
Dewey Classification
823/.809384

Author Bio

Sue Zemka is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Review Quotes

'... sophisticated and compelling ... [An] ambitious and stimulating study ... that makes one rethink the nature of Victorian fiction.' Nick Daly, Victorian Studies