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Title:Why Literary Time Is Measured in Minutes
Author(s):Underwood, Ted
Subject(s):narrative pace
distant reading
New Historicism
duration
fictional time
Abstract:How quickly does time pass in English fiction? Sampling passages from ninety novels, this essay reveals dramatic changes in the mean pace of fiction -- notably a seventy-fold slowing from the early eighteenth century through the early twentieth. The role of time in fiction is compared to its role in literary criticism.
Issue Date:2016-01-17
Citation Info:Underwood, Ted. "Why Literary Time Is Measured in MInutes." Working paper. September 17, 2016.
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/91604
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-09-16


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