By Russell West-Pavlov

Series Editor: John Drakakis

© 2013 – Routledge

216 pages

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About the Book

Temporalities presents a concise critical introduction to the treatment of time throughout literature. Time and its passage represent one of the oldest and most complex philosophical subjects in art of all forms, and Russell West-Pavlov explains and interrogates the most important theories of temporality across a range of disciplines.

The author explores temporality's relationship with a diverse range of related concepts, including:

  • historiography
  • psychology
  • gender
  • economics
  • postmodernism
  • postcolonialism

Russell West-Pavlov examines time as a crucial part of the critical theories of Newton, Freud, Ricoeur, Benjamin, and explores the treatment of time in a broad range of texts, ranging from the writings of St. Augustine and Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, to Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

This comprehensive and accessible guide establishes temporality as an essential theme within literary and cultural studies today.

Table of Contents

1. Time-keeping 2. Philosophies of time 3. Histories 4. Language and Discourse 5. Gender and Subjectivity 6. Economics 7. Postmodern temporalities 8. Postcolonial temporalities

About the Author/Editor

Russell West-Pavlov is Professor of English at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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