Editorial: Writing in the Pause / Escribir en el tiempo de la pausa / Escriure en el temps de la pausa

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Title: Editorial: Writing in the Pause / Escribir en el tiempo de la pausa / Escriure en el temps de la pausa
Authors: Resano, Dolores
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12707
Date: 30-Jul-2021
Online since: 2022-01-10T16:25:14Z
Abstract: This editorial is not about pandemics. Or not only. After a long year, when most predictions about how society would change turned out to be wrong —or were revealed as mere wishful thinking—, if one thing has become clear it is the perennial difficulty, as Walker Kaplan noted in a recent article in LitHub (2020), of writing "about the swamp while still being waist-deep in it". Experiences of social and political unrest, trauma, or crises in the broadest sense “need time to percolate” and it is usually easier to look at them from a distance, obliquely, or with some measure of historical perspective (Power, 2020). And this applies to fiction as well as to historical, sociological or political analyses. In other words, the challenges of the last year are compounded by the difficulty of accurately diagnosing the present because, as the philosopher Patricia Manrique notes, faced with the novelty of a “crisis” the usual reflex is to interpret it within the parameters of the already known. We tend to appeal to tired tropes and dull meanings, for example our understanding of “time” and “crisis”, in our attempt to name that which does not yet have a name. In these brief introductory notes, I turn to these three concepts —contemporaneity, crisis, time— as a means of providing a framework for approaching the eight articles that make up this monographic dossier. In their examination of literary texts that traverse the long twentieth century and reach into the twenty-first, they span almost a century, from Virginia Woolf’s first modernist novel, published in 1922, to works published as recently as 2019.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Asociación 452ºF
Journal: 452º F : Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada
Volume: 25
Start page: 3
End page: 32
Keywords: ContemporaneityLiteratureCrisis
DOI: 10.1344/452f.2021.25.1
Language: en
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Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 2013-3294
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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