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Eighteenth-Century Slow Time: Seven Propositions

Eighteenth-Century Slow Time: Seven Propositions <p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>From Rob Nixon to David Simpson, many of the best contemporary literary critics emphasize aspects of slowness as a potential antidote to the seemingly accelerated pace of daily life. But if, as this essay contends, the premium placed on slowness is not new, what are the implications of the longer history of slow time for our understanding of eighteenth-century thought? Is slow time a lode bearing concept, one that might help us better to understand both eighteenth-century narrative and poetry as spaces for the representation of slowness and as offering reading experiences that promote a slow and immersive mode of engagement? In response to these questions, the essay offers neither an explicit elaboration of slow time nor a direct statement of what it does for us as a literary critical concept; instead, it approaches the implications of slow time as a critical concept through a series of seven intentionally contradictory propositions.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Eighteenth Century University of Pennsylvania Press

Eighteenth-Century Slow Time: Seven Propositions

The Eighteenth Century , Volume 60 (2) – Nov 19, 2019

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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1935-0201

Abstract

<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>From Rob Nixon to David Simpson, many of the best contemporary literary critics emphasize aspects of slowness as a potential antidote to the seemingly accelerated pace of daily life. But if, as this essay contends, the premium placed on slowness is not new, what are the implications of the longer history of slow time for our understanding of eighteenth-century thought? Is slow time a lode bearing concept, one that might help us better to understand both eighteenth-century narrative and poetry as spaces for the representation of slowness and as offering reading experiences that promote a slow and immersive mode of engagement? In response to these questions, the essay offers neither an explicit elaboration of slow time nor a direct statement of what it does for us as a literary critical concept; instead, it approaches the implications of slow time as a critical concept through a series of seven intentionally contradictory propositions.</p>

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The Eighteenth CenturyUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Nov 19, 2019

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