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Discrepancy between the chronological order of events and the order in which they are related in a plot.

an′a·chron′ic (ăn′ə-krŏn′ĭk) adj.
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Finally, the chapter on time goes beyond a treatment of anachrony and frequency to deal with metanarrative commentary and also with issues of foreshadowing later plot developments, and it includes a fascinating array of remarks on the linking of plot strands, the managing of textual opening and closure strategies.
The presentist anachrony of juxtaposing a passage from Utopia with a twenty-first century television drama exposes the way in which the terms of their justifications are almost exactly alike.
Benzon's recent publications include "Lost in Transcription: Postwar Typewriting Culture, Andy Warhol's Bad Book, and the Standardization of Error," PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (2010) and "Forgetting Media Studies: Anthologies, Archives, Anachrony," electronic book review (2009): <http://www.
Significantly, on a syntactic and narratological level, Little Tree compulsively deploys ellipsis, among many other forms of anachrony, in order to imagine a space both geographical and temporal where history--particularly Southern history--can be rewritten towards differing ends.