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The Fascination with Unknown Time

Editors: Baumbach, Sibylle, Henningsen, Lena, Oschema, Klaus (Eds.)

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  • The first extended study on the nature of "unknown time," or the idea of time that is imperceptible or not easily measured
  • Provides perspectives from a wide range of different disciplinary backgrounds, including history, religious studies, palaeontology, musicology, literary studies, film studies, and photography
  • Illustrates how different media over different historical periods and global regions have similar central concerns on perceptions on the concept of time and its deconstruction
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About this book

This volume explores 'unknown time' as a cultural phenomenon, approaching past futures, unknown presents, and future pasts through a broad range of different disciplines, media, and contexts. As a phenomenon that is both elusive and fundamentally inaccessible, time is a key object of fascination. Throughout the ages, different cultures have been deeply engaged in various attempts to fill or make time by developing strategies to familiarize unknown time and to materialize and control past, present, or future time. Arguing for the perennial interest in time, especially in the unknown and unattainable dimension of the future, the contributions explore premodern ideas about eschatology and secular future, historical configurations of the perception of time and acceleration in fin-de-siècle Germany and contemporary Lagos, the formation of ‘deep time’ and ‘timelessness’ in paleontology and ethnographic museums, and the representation of time—past, present, and future alike—in music, film, and science fiction.

About the authors

Sibylle Baumbach is Professor of English Literature at Innsbruck University, Austria.

Lena Henningsen is Professor of Chinese Studies at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany.

Klaus Oschema is Professor of Medieval History at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.

All editors are members or alumni of the German Young Academy (Die Junge Akademie).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Time in the Making: Why All the Fuss About Time? On Time, the Unknown, and Fascination

    Pages 1-20

    Baumbach, Sibylle (et al.)

  • The Old Made New: Medieval Repurposing of Prophecies

    Pages 23-41

    Holdenried, Anke

  • ‘Wunschzeit’ Jerusalem: Rethinking the Distinction Between Time and Space in Medieval Utopias

    Pages 43-69

    Hoffarth, Christian

  • Living on the Edge of Time: Temporal Patterns and Irregularities in Byzantine Historical Apocalypses

    Pages 71-91

    Kraft, András

  • Unknown or Uncertain? Astrologers, the Church, and the Future in the Late Middle Ages

    Pages 93-114

    Oschema, Klaus

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-66437-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-88244-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Fascination with Unknown Time
Editors
  • Sibylle Baumbach
  • Lena Henningsen
  • Klaus Oschema
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66438-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66438-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66437-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88244-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 300
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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