The spread and intensification of seven-day regimes remains a remarkable and understudied feature of the making of modernity. This essay explores the role of written form in that historical process in the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century, arguing that diaries and newspapers, two literary genres associated with the construction of the day as a measure of temporal significance, also registered and reinforced awareness of the week as a structuring rhythm in ordinary life.
Research Article| August 01 2015
Hebdomadal Form: Diaries, News, and the Shape of the Modern Week
Representations (2015) 131 (1): 52–67.
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David Henkin; Hebdomadal Form: Diaries, News, and the Shape of the Modern Week. Representations 1 August 2015; 131 (1): 52–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2015.131.1.52
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