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The Quiet Contemporary American Novel$
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Rachel Sykes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526108876

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.001.0001

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Quiet in time and narrative

Quiet in time and narrative

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(p.80) 3 Quiet in time and narrative
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The Quiet Contemporary American Novel
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Rachel Sykes

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.003.0004

This chapter discusses the subjective depictions of temporality portrayed in the fiction of Marilynne Robinson and Paul Harding. Examining the discrepancy between the prize-winning success of quiet fiction and critical surprise at the trend’s existence, it suggests, first, that quiet fiction meets four key criteria and, second, that a quiet novel where very little happens is otherwise liberated from the linear representation of time.

Keywords:   Quiet, Time, Narrative, Marilynne Robinson, Paul Harding

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