The Cosmic Time of Empire

The Cosmic Time of Empire

Modern Britain and World Literature

eBook - 2011
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Combining original historical research with literary analysis, Adam Barrows takes a provocative look at the creation of world standard time in 1884 and rethinks the significance of this remarkable moment in modernism for both the processes of imperialism and for modern literature. As representatives from twenty-four nations argued over adopting the Prime Meridian, and thereby measuring time in relation to Greenwich, England, writers began experimenting with new ways of representing human temporality. Barrows finds this experimentation in works as varied as Victorian adventure novels, high modernist texts, and South Asian novels--including the work of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, H. Rider Haggard, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling, and Joseph Conrad. Demonstrating the investment of modernist writing in the problems of geopolitics and in the public discourse of time, Barrows argues that it is possible, and productive, to rethink the politics of modernism through the politics of time.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2011.
ISBN: 9780520948150
0520948157
9781283277440
1283277441
9780520260993
0520260996
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 211 pages) : illustrations.
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