Toil and Trouble: On the Materiality of Time

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Ross Chambers


This article explores the nature of temporality, entropy and negentropy, drawing contemporary fiction by Graham Swift and Fiona McGregor as well as the autobiography of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, to ask questions about history, time and life.

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Ross Chambers

Ross Chambers taught in Australian universities (Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney) for some twenty years before emigrating in 1975 to the United States. At the University of Michigan, he began a lengthy exploration of the phenomenon of social oppositionality and its literary manifestations. His best-known book, on digressivity, is Loiterature (1999). In retirement he has been concerned with Baudelaire as a poet of historical witness.