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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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The language of this opening passage also employs anachrony in the past perfect "had believed" and the adverbial of "then," which strongly implies from the outset that conversion to belief touched not only Sarah, but also Bendrix.
Typically modernist for refusing "the explanatory power of linear narrative" (Abbott 2010, 6), his anachrony is also unusual for being mimetic, though not, as in Proust, mimetic of memory's fluidity; instead it mimics a model of development Huxley adapted from contemporary biological research, much of it by his brother Julian, on frogs and salamanders.
As one of the forms of anachrony discussed in his chapter on narrative order, Genette coins the term prolepsis to describe "any narrative maneuver that consists of narrating or evoking in advance an event that will take place later" (40).
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.
The ghostly takes us here, to interrupt seeing, to recall us to anachrony as if it were home.
To see how this happens, we must return to the anachrony discussed above, to the break at the level of narration that occurs at the moment of Kohlhaas's turn to violence, but which only comes to the reader's attention after this violence has been unleashed and has thereafter repeatedly resisted attempts to contain it.
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.
Anachrony (non-chronological narration) and analepsis (flashbacks) underline the unreliability of the narration.
Genette too was under no illusion that an anachrony such as the prolepsis embedded in the past perfect represented anything out of the ordinary for narrative discourse: "We will thus not be so foolish as to claim that anachrony is either a rarity or a modern invention.