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William Dean Howells's Periodical Time

Thompson, Graham



© 2019 by Arizona Board of Regents. This essay uses the example of William Dean Howells to redefine periodical time and suggest new ways in which extraliterary time manifests itself in literary form and content. Howells spent his early life typesetting for periodicals. Here he first encountered periodical time's key component parts: the human time of periodical labor and the paradoxical nature of periodical temporality. In A Hazard of New Fortunes (1889) he later wrote a novel in which a periodical is the major protagonist. The essay argues that Howells's experience of periodical time coincided with his formative experience of extraliterary time and that the two come together to shape the literary time of A Hazard of New Fortunes.


Thompson, G. (2019). William Dean Howells's Periodical Time. Arizona Quarterly, 75(4), 77-106.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 6, 2019
Publication Date Dec 6, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 26, 2019
Journal Arizona Quarterly: a journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory
Print ISSN 0004-1610
Electronic ISSN 1558-9595
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 75
Issue 4
Pages 77-106
Keywords Literature and Literary Theory; Cultural Studies
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Additional Information Thompson, Graham. "William Dean Howells's Periodical Time." Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory, vol. 75 no. 4, 2019, p. 77-106. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/arq.2019.0021.


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