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- DescriptionSudden changes, opportunities, or revelations have always carried a special significance in Western culture, from the Greek and later the Christian kairos to Evangelical experiences of conversion. This fascinating book explores the ways in which England, under the influence of industrializing forces and increased precision in assessing the passing of time, attached importance to moments, events that compress great significance into small units of time. Sue Zemka questions the importance that modernity invests in momentary events, from religion to aesthetics and philosophy. She argues for a strain in Victorian and early modern vels critical of the values the age invested in moments of time, and suggests that such vels also offer a correction to contemporary culture and criticism, with its emphasis on the momentary event as an agency of change.
- Author BiographySue Zemka is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
- Author(s)Sue Zemka
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication24/11/2011
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
- Series Part/Volume Number77
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note1 b/w illus.
- Weight610 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine21 mm
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