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Chronometres: Devotional Literature, Duration, and Victorian Reading

Krista Lysack


What does it mean to feel time, to sense its passing along the sinews and nerves of the body as much as the synapses of the mind? And how do books, as material arrangements of print and paper, mediate such temporal experiences? Chronometres: Devotional Literature, Duration, and Victorian Reading is a study of the time-inflected reading practices of religious literature, the single largest market for print in Victorian Britain. It examines poetic cycles by John Keble, Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, and Frances Ridley Havergal; family prayer manuals, Sunday-reading books and periodicals; a ... More

Keywords: Victorian literature, devotional literature, chronometrical literature, reading culture, print culture, temporality, time-scaled reading, affect, material culture, the religious turn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198836162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198836162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Krista Lysack, author
Associate Professor of English King's University College at the University of Western Ontario

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