Vocabulary: Themes and Motifs
Term ID Term Parentsort ascending Description
1549 Travel back in time Time
1812 Living in the present Time

Added to describe Boon Hogganbeck at end of "Lion" (and related texts like "The Bear" in GDM) - someone "living in the moment," with no regard at all to the past.

1932 Frozen / Static Time
1995 Running out Time
2013 Continuity Time

Any time the past is consonant with the present, or a tradition is passed on. For example, the Hampton's being Sheriffs is a historical continuity. JB

2051 Future Time
2158 Long passage of time Time

Perhaps self-evident, but for when a text makes a huge jump in time very quickly -- Zilphia Gant sitting beside the window "for twelve years," for instance. JBP

2304 Just in time Time

Whenever a character arrives or performs an action, or event happens "just in time" or in the "nick of time." That is, there is narrative anticipation for time running out, but things are saved at the last moment. JB

2527 Town clock Time
2600 Permanence Time
2749 Anticipation Time
2874 Working day Time
2880 Abrupt shift in time Time

For when a narrative makes an abrupt or unexpected shift in time - as in Benjy's narrative in S&F.

2907 Return to present time Time
2964 Series of events experienced as long duration Time
3166 Being in time Time

Added to mark those moments when Quentin Compson explicitly refers to being "in" time -- subject to it, existing within it and unable to stop or evade its progression. This is opposite of course to those moments when he is "outside" of time and all that entails. JBP

3167 Being outside of time Time
3293 Being on time / punctuality Time
3294 Being late / tardiness Time
3312 Awareness of time Time
3346 Timelessness Time
3463 Routine Time
3513 Duration of time Time
3515 Measuring time Time
4281 Cyclical Time
4294 Unsynchronized clocks Time
4366 Simultaneity of time Time
4368 Lost time Time
4950 And change Time
745 Census Texts
906 Case file Texts
1343 Letters Texts
1678 Civic records Texts
1705 Letter of protest Texts
1709 Newspapers Texts
1731 Ledger Texts
1998 Deed Texts
2721 Love letter Texts
3000 Telegram Texts
3023 Military communications Texts
3092 Novel Texts
3173 Graffiti Texts
4044 Map Texts
4045 Plat Texts
4051 Citizenship papers Texts
4132 Title Texts
4419 Accounts Texts
4441 Epitaph Texts
4572 Will Texts
4601 Treaty Texts
4650 School book Texts
4668 Note Texts
4703 Magazine Texts
4709 Christmas card Texts
4799 Death certificate Texts
4815 Cook book Texts
4818 Bible Texts
4847 Anthropological Texts
4860 Drawing Texts
4871 Translation Texts
5004 Poetry Texts
5095 Poster Texts
5259 Notice Texts
5393 Mottoes Texts
Vocabulary: Cultural Issues
Term ID Term Parentsort ascending Description
1450 Elevator Technology
1663 Invention Technology
1664 Television Technology
2279 Telephone Technology
2301 Car Technology
2528 Electricity Technology
2529 Neon Technology
3386 Running water Technology
3533 Steam locomotive Technology
3585 Shipping tugboat Technology
3586 Shipping schooner Technology
3590 Ship's wheel Technology
4026 Automobile Technology
4316 Radio Technology
4465 Car tire Technology
4533 Typewriter Technology
4639 Public telephone Technology
4708 Streetcars Technology
4924 Printing Technology
5235 Cotton gin Technology
5384 Telegraph Technology
5416 Race Technology

Whenever someone has a different interaction with technology because of their race. This is usually a Black character who is ignorant of modernity. In this example, it is Job in "Uncle Willy" who doesn't know how to use a telephone.

5499 Appliance Technology
5511 Steamboats Technology
5514 Plastics Technology
5542 Atomic bomb Technology
5545 Construction equipment Technology
5553 Cadillac Technology
5576 Jaguar Technology
5601 Lighting Technology

For when a text makes explicit reference to electric lighting (as opposed to light from fires, candles, etc.) JBP

Vocabulary: Aesthetics
Term ID Term Parentsort ascending Description
1315 Freudian Symbolism
1323 Shadows Symbolism
1560 Blood Symbolism
1715 Created by characters Symbolism
1893 Hamsa Symbolism
2506 Christian Symbolism