Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Recent histories of time-travel writing relegate Louis Sébastien Mercier’s L’An 2440 to the liminal status of precursor. But many of the now-paradigmatic elements of the time-travel story--including the conveyance and the inscription--are already as fully realized there as they will be in later works, from Bellamy’s Looking Backward to Moberley and Jourdain’s An Adventure. So naturalized are the Mercerian conventions that they appear, unforegrounded, even in works produced in present-day Turkey and Iran. Even so, it is possible to find examples of non-Mercerian time travel, including, for example, the work of the Egyptian novelist Khairy Shalaby. Yet works like Shalaby’s are readable precisely to the extent that they invert or eschew Mercier’s teleological model of time travel.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0201
Print ISSN
0193-5380
Pages
pp. 207-220
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-19
Open Access
No
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