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By Sue Zemka

Surprising adjustments, possibilities or revelations have continuously carried a unique importance in western tradition, from the Greek and later the Christian kairos to Evangelical reviews of conversion. This interesting booklet explores the ways that England, below the effect of industrializing forces and elevated precision in assessing the passing of time, hooked up value to moments and occasions that compress nice importance into small devices of time. Sue Zemka questions the significance that modernity invests in short-term occasions, from faith to aesthetics and philosophy. She argues for a pressure in Victorian and early sleek novels serious of the values the age invested in moments of time, and means that such novels additionally provide a correction to modern tradition and feedback, with its emphasis at the non permanent occasion as an service provider of swap.

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