Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, and English Diurnal Form, 1660-1785

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University of Chicago Press, 1996 - 323 pagina's
A revolution in clock technology in England during the 1660s allowed people to measure time more accurately, attend to it more minutely, and possess it more privately than previously imaginable. In Telling Time, Stuart Sherman argues that innovations in prose emerged simultaneously with this technological breakthrough, enabling authors to recount the new kind of time by which England was learning to live and work.

Through brilliant readings of Samuel Pepys's diary, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele's daily Spectator, the travel writings of Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, and the novels of Daniel Defoe and Frances Burney, Sherman traces the development of a new way of counting time in prose—the diurnal structure of consecutively dated installments—within the cultural context of the daily institutions which gave it form and motion. Telling Time is not only a major accomplishment for seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literary studies, but it also makes important contributions to current discourse in cultural studies.
 

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Tick Tick Tick Chronometric Innovation and Prose Form
1
In the Fullness of Time Pepys and His Predecessors
29
With My Minute Wach in My Hand The Diary as Timekeeper
77
To Print My Self Out Correspondence and Containment in the Spectator and Its Predecessors
109
Travel Writing and the Dialectic of Diurnal Form
159
Diurnal Dialectic in the Western Islands
185
Defoe and Burney The Unmaking of the Diurnal in the Making of the Novel
223
Epilogue
269
Notes
279
Index
313
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