This ebook explores how modernity offers upward push to temporal issues whilst time can't be assimilated and built-in into the world of lived adventure. encouraged through Walter Benjamin's description of the surprise adventure of modernity via readings of Baudelaire, the publication turns to Baudelaire and Flaubert that allows you to derive insights into the various temporal problems (such as trauma, dependancy, and fetishism) that pervade modern culture.
Through shut readings of Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil and Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Elissa Marder argues that those nineteenth-century texts can, ironically, make us conscious of facets of present-day existence that aren't simply defined or perceived. Following reflections via Benjamin, Jameson, and Lyotard, she indicates that the power to degree time raises in inverse share to the human skill to precise it and create which means via it. even if we've got elevated our skill to list occasions, we've develop into jointly much less in a position to assimilate the event of the very occasions that new applied sciences let us to list. The literary articulations of dependancy and fetishism in Baudelaire and Flaubert exhibit that those temporal issues will be understood structurally as expressions of an lack of ability to reside in time. At a psychic point, they are often learn as makes an attempt to chase away elevated stimuli and undesirable elements of fact via preventing time.
The booklet additionally interrogates the connection among misogyny and modernity. via revealing the privileged functionality assigned to female figures in Baudelaire and Flaubert, and interesting with modern writings in psychoanalysis, feminism, and cultural stories, this paintings exhibits how the event of time—and the makes an attempt to prevent it—become inscribed on a female or feminized physique. Dead Time offers us with a fashion of figuring out how our personal collective temporal problems should be a part of the unassimilated legacy of nineteenth-century modernity.