The Space/Time continuum

  • In Chronoschisms, Ursula Heise argues that developments in transportation and communication have affected the structure of literary time - "postmodern narratives break up the concept of plot into a spectrum of contradictory story lines" - though it's not clear to her whether this change in our notions of time was caused by the postmodern novel's fragmentation of personae, or vice versa.
  • A paper-based literary work is a linear snapshot of non-linear, non-uniform time whose form is thus especially influenced by changing notions of time. Post-modernist narratology has shown how, even in pre-web days, our foreshortened horizons and greater bandwidth have affected narrative flow, requiring new metrics for gauging distance and intimacy.
  • The setting for Eliot's mythic toppling of bougeois clock-time was a city whose multilayered time was flattened into space.
  • cities have warped our notion of space and time - news now takes longer to go from London to a sleepy Lake District village than it does to reach New York. If journey-time or time-to-access rather than distance were used to scale our paper maps, they would be closer to our mental maps of places and relationships.
  • "cyberspace may already itself be a kind of metaspacial phenomenon, the result of a transformative reflection upon space, or its absence", Steven Connor, Postmodernist Culture