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The pathologies of mobility: time travel as syndrome in The Time Traveler’s Wife, La Jetée and Twelve Monkeys

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Publication date2013
Host publicationDiseases and disorders: the syndrome in contemporary literature
EditorsTim Lustig, James Peacock
Place of publicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780415507400
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Contemporary Literature


This article discusses Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife, Chris Marker's film La Jetee and Terry Gilliams' 'remake' Twelve Monkeys in terms of the science fiction trope of time travel. The article proposes that the shift from a mechanical means of time travel (Wells's Time Machine) to a biological, genetic or psychological one is diagnostic of a turn towards a pathologised and traumatised masculinity that is increasingly visible in contemporary culture.