Translating Time: Cinema, the Fantastic, and Temporal Critique

Under modernity, time is regarded as linear and measurable by clocks and calendars. Despite the historicity of clock-time itself, the modern concept of time is considered universal and culturally neutral. What Walter Benjamin called ‘homogeneous, empty time’ founds the modern notions of progress and a uniform global present in which the past and other forms of time consciousness are seen as superseded. In “Translating Time”, Bliss Cua Lim argues that fantastic cinema depicts the coexisten…

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