Afbrydelsens kronotopi i britisk litteratur, 1840-1870

  • Maria Damkjær Københavns Universitet
Nøgleord: Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, britisk, viktoriansk tid, kronotop, Mikhail Bakhtin, realisme, kvinder, klasse, tjenestefolk


Bakhtin’s chronotope is not only a meeting between time and space, but often also a meeting between a number of contrasting temporalities. This article discusses the topos of domestic interruption, which lays bare the temporal politics of the nineteenth-century middle-class home. It was a commonplace in the nineteenth century that women’s time in the home was interruptible and porous. When Victorian writers described everyday interruptions, they showed the contrast between plot time and an underlying marginalised domestic time. In an analysis of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters (1864-1866), combined with a new historicist reading of Victorian advice literature, this article argues that narrative marginalisation was paradoxically a viable strategy for showing an otherwise invisible temporality. In the background, peeping out whenever the plot interrupts, is an enduring and ongoing time, mediated by unnamed and underrepresented servants, that gives the middle-class home temporal depth and realism.


Maria Damkjær, Københavns Universitet

Maria Damkjær, post.doc. ved Institut for Engelsk, Germansk og Romansk, Københavns Universitet. Ph.d. i Engelsk Litteratur fra King’s College London i 2013. Har udgivet Time, Domesticity and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Maria har en artikel på vej i Victorian Literature and Culture med titlen ’Awkward Appendages: Comic Umbrellas in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture.’


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