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Chronotopes of Hell

Rachel Falconer

in Hell in Contemporary Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617630
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.003.0003
Chronotopes of Hell

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This chapter presents a more formalist approach to Hell, showing that however Hell is defined or whatever people think being in Hell means, the ideas are influenced by the conventions and dynamics of narrative. It views Hell as a chronotope, which is a generically distinct representation of time and space in narrative, and looks at the representation of the image of the human subject in distinctive and particular ways. The chapter shows that people can challenge the traditional chronotropic representations of Hell as temporally fixed and spatially distanced, which makes it feared and revered as a theological absolute.

Keywords: formalist approach; chronotope; human subject; representation; theological absolute

Chapter.  9504 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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