Antiquity and the Meanings of Time: A Philosophy of Ancient and Modern Literature

Antiquity and the Meanings of Time: A Philosophy of Ancient and Modern Literature

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Paperback, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, ISBN13 9781845118167, ISBN10 1845118162
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ANTIQUITY AND THE MEANINGS OF TIME [9781845118167]

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ANTIQUITY AND THE MEANINGS OF TIME [9781845118167]

Society and contemporary culture seem forever fascinated by the topic of time. In modern fiction, Ian McEwan (The Child in Time) and Martin Amis (Time's Arrow) have led the way in exploring the human condition in relation to past, present and future. In cinema, several cultural texts (Memento, Minority Report, The Hours) have similarly reflected a preoccupation with temporality and human experience. And in the sphere of politics, debates about the 'end of history', prompted by Francis Fukuyama, indicate that how we live is deeply determined by our relationship not only to place but also to the passing of time. But what did the ancients think about time? Is our interest in chronology a relatively recent phenomenon? Or does it go further back? In his major new work, Duncan Kennedy indicates that our own fascination with time-reckoning is by no means unique. Discussing a number of key texts (such as Homer's Odyssey; Sophocles' Oedipus Rex; Virgil's Aeneid; and Ovid's Metamophoses) and imaginatively setting these side-by-side with modern works (such as Sterne's Tristram Shandy and Joyce's Ulysses), he shows that, from era to era, and in different ways, human beings have uniformly striven to understand the unfolding of history and their relationship to it. This sophisticated cross-disciplinary book will appeal not only to classicists, but also to scholars and students in the humanities more broadly, as well as beyond.

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Number of Pages: 272
Original Languages: English
Subject: TIME IN LITERATURE ,  PHILOSOPHY IN LITERATURE ,  CLASSICAL LITERATURE_HISTORY AND CRITICISM
Author: Kennedy, Duncan F.
Target Audience: Scholarly & Professional
Series Title: New Directions in Classics
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
ISBN-13: 9781845118167
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 1845118162
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