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Chronoschisms : Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism - Ursula K. Heise

Chronoschisms

Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1997
ISBN: 9780521554862
Number Of Pages: 300

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In Chronoschisms Ursula Heise explores the way developments in transportation, communication and information technology have led to the emergence of a new culture of time in Western societies. The radical transformation in our understanding and experience of time has also profoundly affected the structure of the novel. Heisse argues that postmodern novels are centrally concerned with the possibility of experiencing time in an age when temporal horizons have been drastically foreshortened. 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. The coexistence of these competing experiences of time then allows new conceptions of history and posthistory to emerge, and opens up comparisons with recent scientific approaches to temporality. This wide-ranging study offers new reading of postmodernist theory and fresh insight into the often vexed relationship between literature and science.

Introduction
Chronoschisms
From soft clocks to hardware: narrative and the postmodern experience of time
Time Forks and Time Loops
Number, chance and narrative: Julio Cortazar's Rayuela
'Repetitions, contradictions and omissions': Robbe-Grillet's Topologie d'une cite fantome
Print time: text and duration in Beckett's How It Is
Posthistories
-t: time's assembly in Gravity's Rainbow
Effect predicts cause: Brooke-Rose's Out
Epilogue: Schismatrix
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521554862
ISBN-10: 0521554861
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 28th August 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.53