Acceleration and slowness have recently received lots of attention. In literary studies, most studies have thus far focused on slow reading (as opposed to fast reading practices like skimming or scanning), or on the complex cognitive challenges posed by "mega-novels" in the digital age. This talk on the Slow Novel takes things one step further: it juxtaposes what I call Archimedean doubt, often exhibited by literary works, with the rhetoric of aggressive accelerationists like Ray Kurzweil and Peter Thiel on the one hand, and with ecological and humanitarian narratives of transformation on the other. Engaging with both sociological accounts of accelerated modernity and cognitivist accounts of slowness, the slow novel encourages us to explore the full potential of art in times of paradigmatic change. Could this be the beginning of a new cross-disciplinary conversation?
// Prof. Dr. Roy Sommer (Universität Wuppertal)
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