A technology of presence: genre and temporality in Fox's <i>Journal</i>

Hilary Hinds

in George Fox and Early Quaker Culture

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719081576
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702383 | DOI:
A technology of presence: genre and temporality in Fox's Journal

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This chapter investigates the Journal's paradoxical commitment to an insistently chronological structure in the service of a faith that found the dissolution of chronological time inherent in the turn to the inward light. It argues that this can be explained through seeing the Journal itself as, in effect, a ‘technology of presence’, a means of ceaselessly demonstrating and performing the continual and multi-temporal irruption of the inward light.

Keywords: Journal; faith; time; inward light

Chapter.  9045 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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