This study examines different conceptions of time in Daniel Defoe's
(1660-1731) novels. The temporal aspects of the novels are
surveyed, taking into account the historical situation of the novel
as a genre and contemporary conceptions of time. The modernisation
process of the Western world serves as a wider context of the
study, as present research indicates that Defoe's novels exemplify
a multilayered shift from 'pre-modern' Western conceptions of time
to those of the modern age. The author also explores gendered time
and economic and cultural values of time in Defoe's novels. The
book contributes a fresh analysis of Defoe's novels and
demonstrates the crucial relation between historical-cultural
conceptions of time and the historically changing genre of the
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