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Modernism and Time Machines

Charles M. Tung


Modernism and Time Machines places the fascination with time in canonical works of twentieth-century literature and art side-by-side with the rise of time-travel narratives and alternate histories in popular culture. Both modernism and this cardinal trope of science fiction produce a range of effects and insights that go beyond the exhilarations of simply sliding back and forth in history. Together the modernist time-obsession and the fantasy of moving in time help us to rethink the scales and shapes of time, the consistency of timespace, and the nature of history.

Keywords: Modernism, time, time machines, time travel, time scales, alternate history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474431330
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles M. Tung, author