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The Architecture of Narrative Time: Thomas Mann and the Problems of Modern Narrative

Erica Wickerson


Time matters to all of us. It dominates everyday discourse: diaries, schedules, clocks, working hours, opening times, appointments, weekdays and weekends, national holidays, religious festivals, birthdays, and anniversaries. But how do we, as unique individuals, subjectively experience time? The slowness of an hour in a boring talk, the swiftness of a summer holiday, the fleetingness of childhood, the endless wait for pivotal news: these are experiences to which we all can relate and of which we commonly speak. How can a writer not only report such experiences but also conjure them up in words ... More

Keywords: time, narrative, Thomas Mann, modernism, narratology, space, performance, symbolism, myth, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica Wickerson, author
St John's College, Cambridge

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