ABSTRACT

Temporal Experiments: Seven Ways of Configuring Time in Art and Literature conducts an expansive exploration of different modes of timing. Its seven chapters pursue the question of time as it is embodied in key figures that shape both aesthetic and pragmatic life. Working closely with literary, visual, and musical artworks, the book aims to provoke new ways of engaging with the question of time. It treats artworks as experiments that launch temporal figures, and that test out the possibilities and connections these different figures enable. Thus, the book seizes upon works by artists like Anne Carson, King Tubby, and Raymond Queneau as opportunities for thinking through the valence of both existing and untested temporal configurations. What other modes of shaping time, it asks, might be conjured out of the viewing of an Omer Fast film, the reading of a poem by Baudelaire, or of a novel by Tom McCarthy? In treating artworks as temporal experiments, this book stresses the fact that artworks always experiment with the raw materials of time, fashioning it or refashioning it into novel combinations. This book follows the imperatives of these experiments in order to advance a nuanced understanding of the way time insinuates itself into all aspects of social and intellectual life.

chapter |11 pages

Introduction

Aesthetic Approaches to Time
ByBruce Barnhart, Marit Grøtta

part Part 1|132 pages

Seven Temporal Experiments

chapter 1|16 pages

Event

Or, How Foucault Used Baudelaire to Enlighten Kant
ByChristian Refsum

chapter 2|21 pages

Habit

Or, the Matter of Time in Remainder
ByAron Vinegar

chapter 3|18 pages

Idleness

Or, How Raymond Queneau's The Sunday of Life Explores Profane Time, in Playful Dialogue with Hegel and Kojève
ByMarit Grøtta

chapter 4|19 pages

Kairos

Or, Figures of Instant Conversion in Crashaw's Poem “To the Countess of Denbigh”
ByTina Skouen

chapter 5|17 pages

Rhythm

Or, How King Tubby Teaches Us to Love Non-being …
ByBruce Barnhart

chapter 6|19 pages

Ritual

Or, How Time Is Suspended, Dislocated, and Defied in Anne Carson's Poem “The Glass Essay”
ByEmma Helene Heggdal

chapter 7|20 pages

Transit

Or, to Cross the Line: Figures of Transition in Early Modern Tombs
ByPer Sigurd Tveitevåg Styve

part Part 2|16 pages

Seven Temporal Keywords

chapter |2 pages

Event

ByChristian Refsum

chapter |2 pages

Habit

ByAron Vinegar

chapter |2 pages

Idleness

ByMarit Grøtta

chapter |2 pages

Kairos

ByTina Skouen

chapter |2 pages

Rhythm

ByBruce Barnhart

chapter |2 pages

Ritual

ByEmma Helene Heggdal

chapter |2 pages

Transit

ByPer Sigurd Tveitevåg Styve