Any Time but Now: Default Temporality in the Post-1960s Novel

James F. English

Friday 21 September, 2012
4 - 6pm, $0

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 4406

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This paper presents some new empirical (quantitative) data on the temporal settings of Anglophone novels since 1969, and uses these findings to consider: 1) some strengths and limitations of digital approaches to literary history; 2) some possible reasons for a shift in the default temporality of contemporary fiction; and 3) some implications of “surface reading” with respect to novels that eschew the present in favor of the past, the future, and the temporally queer.
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