Time and Aesthetic Value in Early Modern Literary Culture (completed)

This project investigates the frequent expressions of haste in paratexts to literary works published in England from the late 16th to the early 18th century.

Tina Skouen

About the project

This project investigates the frequent expressions of haste in paratexts to literary works published in England from the late 16th to the early 18th century. Do the writers' complaints about lack of time only pertain to the rapid developments in the book trade?

In this period, writers across Europe were subject to an increasing degree of attention, and there was an ongoing debate about the quality of their work.

Objectives

Bringing together the fields of book history, the history of rhetoric and the history of criticism, the project argues that the references to time play an essential role in defining the aesthetic value of the work. Haste makes waste, and hasty writing makes for hasty reading.Objectives

Financing

The project is financed by The Research Council of Norway.

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Published May 20, 2010 2:59 PM - Last modified Feb. 28, 2013 11:44 AM