Our Broad Present: Time and Contemporary Culture by Hans Ulrich GumbrechtOur Broad Present: Time and Contemporary Culture by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Our Broad Present: Time and Contemporary Culture

byHans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Paperback | May 27, 2014

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Considering a range of present-day phenomena, from the immediacy effects of literature to the impact of hypercommunication, globalization, and sports, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht notes an important shift in our relationship to history and the passage of time. Although we continue to use concepts inherited from a "historicist" viewpoint, a notion of time articulated in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the actual construction of time in which we live in today, which shapes our perceptions, experiences, and actions, is no longer historicist. Without fully realizing it, we now inhabit a new, unnamed space in which the "closed future" and "ever-available past" (a past we have not managed to leave behind) converge to produce an "ever-broadening present of simultaneities."

This profound change to a key dimension of our existence has complex consequences for the way in which we think about ourselves and our relation to the material world. At the same time, the ubiquity of digital media has eliminated our tactile sense of physical space, altering our perception of our world. Gumbrecht draws on his mastery of the philosophy of language to enrich his everyday observations, traveling to Disneyland, a small town in Louisiana, and the center of Vienna to produce striking sketches of our broad presence in the world.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is a German-born American literary theorist and the Albert Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University. He teaches at the Université de Montréal, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and the Collège de France. He is the author of Production of Presence, What Meaning Cannot Convey, ...
Title:Our Broad Present: Time and Contemporary CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pagesPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231163614

ISBN - 13:9780231163613


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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsTracking a Hypothesis1. Presence in Language or Presence Achieved Against Language?2. A Negative Anthropology of Globalization3. Stagnation: Temporal, Intellectual, Heavenly4. "Lost in Focused Intensity": Spectator Sports and Strategies of Re-Enchantment5. Steady Admiration in an Expanding Present: On Our New Relationship with Classics6. Infinite Availability: About Hyper-Communication (and Old Age)In the Broad PresentNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

This brief, provocative, and at times entertaining work should interest any serious student of literature, philosophy, or modern culture.Library Journal