TIME IN LITERATURE, LITERATURE WITHIN TIME
The main focus of the 17th TBF is “Time in Literature, Literature within Time.” Literature is in many ways connected to time. Time is not only about the lifespan of a book in a bookshop or on the readers’ conscience. It is also the way a writer conceptualizes time; the way they attempt to write about today, yesterday and tomorrow, or simply about the time they live in. It is about they way writers differentiate literary genres on the grounds of time, how they handle works so dissimilar as the historical novel and the science fiction novel. There is also the literary time, the time within the plot of a novel, which could be very much alike or very much unlike the realistic time, time as we experience it in our everyday lives or the time we spend reading a book. The writing of a book could be influenced by its era and all those things happening to its writer; or it could be the other way round, the author could be writing as if they do not belong to a specific historical frame. And what’s more, in the course of time, a work of art could acquire different meaning, it could gain in resonance or lose its initial appeal. Therefore, time could be either an ally, or an enemy, but in any case it is a companion to literature, and we probe into it as such.