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Title:Why Literary Time Is Measured in Minutes
Author(s):Underwood, Ted
narrative pace
distant reading
scene and summary
Abstract:Brief crystallizing moments have come to seem more distinctively literary than time measured in months or years. Where did we get that critical assumption? This essay traces it back to changes in the pacing of fiction itself. But the changes at stake are not themselves easily crystallized into a moment of revolutionary transformation. In English-language fiction, at least, they seem on the contrary to have sprawled across several centuries. It thus turns out that we need a longue durée, even to understand the literary history of anecdotes and gem-like moments.
Issue Date:2018
Citation Info:Ted Underwood, “Why Literary Time is Measured in Minutes,” _ELH_ 85 (2018): 341-365.
Sponsor:Sponsored by SSHRC via NovelTM.
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-06-06

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