Seven types of anachronism: Proust

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:
Seven types of anachronism: Proust

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This chapter discusses the references to anachronism in the seven books of Proust's À la recherche dn temps perdu. It identifies the seven occurrences of anachronism in this work, and discusses each one in detail. The first use of anachronism shows the Renaissance world to support itself on anachronistic foundations, while the second places anachronism within life and prevents people from living one single chronology. The third occurrence of anachronism shows that everything has the power of return, the fourth suggests homosexuality, and the fifth implies an anachrony where facts and feelings split from one another. Finally, the last two occurrences are jealousy and matters of chronology.

Keywords: references to anachronism; occurrences of anachronism; anachronistic foundations; single chronology; power of return; homosexuality; anachrony; jealousy; matters of chronology

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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