Rethinking the Arcadian Revenge: Metachronous Times in the Fiction of Sam Taylor

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TitleRethinking the Arcadian Revenge: Metachronous Times in the Fiction of Sam Taylor Author(S)Caroline Edwards (Author)
Abstract  This article interrogates representations of time in the novels of Sam Taylor. Drawing on Ernst Bloch’s utopian philosophical framework, I argue that Taylor’s non-contemporaneous or “metachronous” temporalities reconfigure narrative time within the broader context of increasingly post-secular questions of final judgment. Rather than recapitulating the “Arcadian revenge” of SF ecocatastrophes, Taylor’s nonanthropocentric glimpses of futurity enable us to move beyond the dichotomy of pastoral Arcadia/savage wilderness in twenty-first-century fiction. A comparative reading of Bloch’s writings on natural futurity and Taylor’s novels thus helps us reorient the theorization of temporality, suggesting new directions for post-apocalyptic, ecocritical, and utopian literary analysis. ...Paginationp 477-502
SubjectLiteratureDescriptorsEnglish fiction
Journal TitleModern Fiction Studies  
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