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Hell in Contemporary LiteratureWestern Descent Narratives since 1945$
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Rachel Falconer

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617630

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.001.0001

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Chronotopes of Hell

Chronotopes of Hell

(p.42) Chapter 2 Chronotopes of Hell
Hell in Contemporary Literature

Rachel Falconer

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents a more formalist approach to Hell, showing that however Hell is defined or whatever people think being in Hell means, the ideas are influenced by the conventions and dynamics of narrative. It views Hell as a chronotope, which is a generically distinct representation of time and space in narrative, and looks at the representation of the image of the human subject in distinctive and particular ways. The chapter shows that people can challenge the traditional chronotropic representations of Hell as temporally fixed and spatially distanced, which makes it feared and revered as a theological absolute.

Keywords:   formalist approach, chronotope, human subject, representation, theological absolute

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