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    Rethinking the Arcadian revenge: metachronous times in the fiction of Sam Taylor

    Edwards, Caroline (2012) Rethinking the Arcadian revenge: metachronous times in the fiction of Sam Taylor. Modern Fiction Studies 58 (3), pp. 477-502. ISSN 0026-7724.

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    This article interrogates representations of time in the novels of Sam Taylor. Drawing on Ernst Bloch’s utopian philosophical framework, I argue that Taylor’s non-contemporaneous or “metachronous” temporalities reconfigure narrative time within the broader context of increasingly post-secular questions of final judgment. Rather than recapitulating the “Arcadian revenge” of SF ecocatastrophes, Taylor’s nonanthropocentric glimpses of futurity enable us to move beyond the dichotomy of pastoral Arcadia/savage wilderness in twenty-first-century fiction. A comparative reading of Bloch’s writings on natural futurity and Taylor’s novels thus helps us reorient the theorization of temporality, suggesting new directions for post-apocalyptic, ecocritical, and utopian literary analysis.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): contemporary British fiction, 21st century literature, Sam Taylor, pastoral, post-apocalypse, apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, literary theory, critical theory, Ernst Bloch
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Caroline Edwards
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 11:10
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:34


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