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Writing the Past, Writing the Future: Time and Narrative in Gothic and Sensation Fiction

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Book News Annotation:

In response to scientific developments, emerging ideas about the nature of history, and the French Revolution, the nature of time became an important concern in 18th and 19th century Britain, according to Albright (English, Harrisburg Area Community College), who here examines the way six British gothic novels articulated temporal discourses. He reads the imagined past of Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho as a response to fears of detachment from the past engendered by the French Revolution; Charles Robert Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer as a response to the dehumanizing effects of increasingly rigidly structured time; Mary Shelley's The Last Man as an attempt to transcend linear time; and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret, and Mrs. Henry Wood's East Lynne as constructions of narratives that seek to make sense of the past in ways that mirror the efforts of Victorian science to construct of the earth's (and humankind's) past. Distributed in the US by Associated University Presses. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book links popular British fiction from the 1790s through the 1860s to anxieties about time. The cataclysm of the French Revolution, discoveries in geology, biology, and astronomy that greatly expanded the age and size of the universe, and technological developments such as the railway and the telegraph combined to transform the experience of time and dramatize its aporetic nature--time as inarticulable contradiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780980149647
Publisher:
Lehigh University Press
Subject:
History
Author:
Albright, Richard S.
Subject:
Narration (rhetoric)
Subject:
Time in literature
Subject:
Sensationalism in literature.
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Regional, Ethnic, Genre, Specific Subject
Publication Date:
July 2009
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
265
Dimensions:
9.20x6.30x.90 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This book links popular British fiction from the 1790s through the 1860s to anxieties about time. The cataclysm of the French Revolution, discoveries in geology, biology, and astronomy that greatly expanded the age and size of the universe, and technological developments such as the railway and the telegraph combined to transform the experience of time and dramatize its aporetic nature--time as inarticulable contradiction.
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