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  • Page extent: 300 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.53 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 809/.9338
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PN56.T5 H45 1997
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Time in literature
    • Postmodernism (Literature)
    • Literature and science
    • Literature, Modern--20th century--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521554862 | ISBN-10: 0521554861)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published August 1997

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In Chronoschisms Ursula Heise explores the way developments in communication and information technology have led to the emergence of a new culture of time in Western societies. Drawing on theories of postmodernism and narratology, she shows how postmodern narratives break up the concept of plot into a spectrum of contradictory story lines that allow new conceptions of history and posthistory to emerge. This wide-ranging study offers new readings of postmodernist theory and fresh insight into the often vexing relationship between literature and science.


Introduction; Part I. Chronoschisms: 1. From soft clocks to hardware: narrative and the postmodern experience of time; Part II. Time Forks and Time Loops: 2. Number, chance and narrative: Julio Cortázar's Rayuela; 3. 'Repetitions, contradictions and omissions': Robbe-Grillet's Topologie d'une cité fantôme; 4. Print time: text and duration in Beckett's How It Is; Part III. Posthistories: 5. ∆t: time's assembly in Gravity's Rainbow; 6. Effect predicts cause: Brooke-Rose's Out; Epilogue: Schismatrix; Bibliography.

Prize Winner

Finalist in the MLA Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies

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