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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

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

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099335.003.0011

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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