Deep Time, Slow Time, Fast Time

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Pennsylvania English
contact email: 

Pennsylvania English

Volume 43

Deep Time, Slow Time, Fast Time

Abstracts due by November 1, 2021 to

Essays due by January 15, 2022 to

How do changes in the way we think about time influence the ways in which we construct literary histories? The editors of Pennsylvania English invite essays of 3,000-6,000 words that consider possible answers to this question. The editors are particularly interested in considerations of differences between apocalyptic, catastrophic time, “deep time” (especially human narratives involving non-human history), and/or conceptions of time influenced by narratives of generative plenitude (religious or otherwise). Ancillary questions for contributors to consider include variants of the following: how does paying attention to historical shifts away from catastrophist, apocalyptic ideas about time and toward ideas about gradual or “deep” time and history change the ways in which we understand fatalism, determinism, madness and love in literature? Considerations of texts in which evolution replaces revolution, evidence replaces conviction/belief/ideology, deep time replaces utopianism, and nature displaces humans as the major force acting on the globe are welcome, but so are discussions that suggest alternative or counter models.

Please send abstracts of 500 words by November 1, 2021 or essays of 3000-6000 words by January 15, 2022 and/or any inquiries to

Dr. Michael T. Williamson

Editor Pennsylvania English