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Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/tr.2008.3.02

Seppo Knuuttila

This article examines examples of time travel in folklore and science fiction. The aim is to emphasize that the subject of remembering could be both experienced and fictional. Memory and imagination produce and affirm together the actual meanings about the past. This kind of past and present articulation is one of the most relevant research subjects in contemporary folklore studies. The combination of memory and narration is always anachronistic in the sense that we are able to remember and tell how the future will come true in the past. The so-called anachronism debate of recent decades has been concerned with argumentation in academic texts. From the folkloristic point of view it would provide space for new interpretations, the anachronisms were seen as a special figure of speech and narrative.

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