Time in Literature, Literature within Time
Just as time is inextricably linked to the human existence, so literature, as a human creation, captures, preserves and often reveals all the paths and interconnections within the past, the present and the future time. Time is not only about the lifespan of a book as a literary classic or on the conscience of its readers. It is also the way a writer conceptualizes time; the way they attempt to write about today, yesterday and tomorrow, or simply about the time they live in. It is about the way writers differentiate literary genres on the grounds of time, how they handle works as dissimilar as the historical novel and the science fiction novel. There is also the literary time, the time within the plot of a novel, which could be very much alike or very much unlike the realistic time, as we experience it in our everyday lives or the time we spend reading a book. The writing of a book could be influenced by its era, and all those things happening to its writer; or it could be the other way round, the author could be writing as if they do not belong to a specific historical frame, choosing to place themselves out of it and remain a simple observer. And what’s more, in the course of time, a literary work could acquire a different meaning, it could gain in resonance or lose its initial appeal.