Jeremy Tambling

in On Anachronism

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082443
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703168 | DOI:

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This chapter introduces the concept of anachronism, which means considering what is out of time and what resists chronology. It first takes a look at deliberate anachronism, a technique that can be found in Don Quixote, and then examines anachronism within the context of historical writing. The next section studies ‘Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote’, where it explains that to work on any text of the past is anachronistic. The concepts of aphorism and contretemps are also discussed.

Keywords: anachronism; chronology; deliberate anachronism; Don Quixote; historical writing; aphorism; contretemps

Chapter.  8784 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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