Time in History, Literature, and Film

While history has done a superb job charting linear temporal sequences, I believe that literature and film have succeeded equally spectacularly in exploring how time might imaginatively be given form.  Most notable, perhaps, are the forays into narrative methods that complicate linear time sequences altogether (as in the TV series Lost), or force the reader to build linear time sequences out of a tapestry of flashbacks and present narration, as in the case of much literature.

History deals with what was; literature and film, unshackled to fact, are free to explore would might have been, and toy with the very temporal structures of the worlds they create and represent.

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