On Anachronism

On Anachronism

by Jeremy Tambling


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On Anachronism joins together Shakespeare and Proust as the great writers of love to show that love is always anachronistic, and never more so when it is homosexual.

Drawing on Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Derrida, Blanchot and Levinas and Deleuze, difficult but essential theorists of the subject of ‘being and time’ and ‘time and the other’ the book examines why speculation on time has become so crucial within modernity. Through the related term ‘anachorism’, it considers how discussion of time always turns into discussion of space, and how this, too, can never be quite defined. It speculates on chance and thinks of ways in which a quality of difference within time – heterogeneity, anachronicity – is essential to think of what is meant by ‘the other’.

The book examines how contemporary theory considers the future and its relation to the past as that which is inescapable in the form of trauma. It considers what is meant by ‘the event’, that which is the theme of all post-Nietzschean theory and which breaks in two conceptions of time as chronological.

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ISBN-13: 9780719082443
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Tambling is Professor of Literature at University of Manchester

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Deliberate anachronism 1

Anachronism and historical writing 6

'Pierre Menard' 9

Death sentence 14

1 Seven types of anachronism: Proust 23

The Gozzoli frescos 23

À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs 25

Paris and Venice 27

Homosexuality and anachrony 29

'The Intermittencies of the Heart' 38

Jealousy 45

Matters of chronology 50

2 Fools of time: Michelangelo and Shakespeare 54

Michelangelo's sonnets 54

Time and Shakespeare's sonnets 59

The history plays: 'Richard's time' 65

Falstaff 75

3 Chronicles of death foretold 85

Archival anachrony 85

King Lear: fortune's bastards 90

Fearing anachronism: All's Well that Ends Well 108

4 Future traces 119

Memory traces 119

Blanchot and Derrida 125

Anarchoronoristics 131

Time and passivity 135

Disappointments: 2046 138

Trauma and the future anterior 142

Last words 149

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde 149

Notes 158

Index 181

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