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Joe Bray and Alison Gibbons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099335

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099335.001.0001

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Print interface to time

Print interface to time

Only Revolutions at the crossroads of narrative and history

(p.178) 10 Print interface to time
Mark Z. Danielewski

Mark B. N. Hansen

Manchester University Press

Mark B. N. Hansen claims that Only Revolutions exemplifies the claim that digitality has become the textual condition of twenty-first-century literature. He argues that the text affirms the printed book’s power to mediate for its readers a new digital world of information, and that as a physical object it offers a ‘singular interface to time and to history.’ He shows how it imbricates what he calls A-series time (lived, subjective and phenomenological) with B-series time (objective, subject-independent, historical) through such features as the historical sidebar, the result of Danielewski’s invitation to his fanbase to post suggestions for significant historical events online. The lack of a clear demarcation between A-and B-series time indicates, for Hansen, ‘a sense that the past is not simply past, but remains part of our present.’

Keywords:   Digitality, Information Age, History, A-series time, B-series time

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