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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife Allusions and Cultural References

When authors give shout outs to other great works, people, and events, it's usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Geoffrey Chaucer (1.1.1)
  • Anne Bradstreet (1.1.122)
  • Immanuel Kant (1.1.122)
  • Roland Barthes (1.1.122)
  • Michel Foucault (1.1.122)
  • Jacques Derrida (1.1.122)
  • Rainer Maria Rilke (1.1.122), (2.4.15)
  • Martin Heidegger (1.1.122), (1.4.185)
  • Aristotle (1.1.122)
  • Bishop Berkeley (1.1.122)
  • Andrew Marvell (1.1.122)
  • Kierkegaard (1.4.185)
  • Dorothy L. Sayers (1.4.225)
  • Raymond Chandler (1.5.215)
  • Michel de Montaigne (1.5.262)
  • Ruth Gordon (1.11.59)
  • Barbara Cartland (1.13.2)
  • John Grisham (1.13.2)
  • Heinrich von Kleist (1.13.2)
  • Hans Christian Andersen (1.14.2)
  • Agatha Christie (2.1.100)
  • Emily Dickinson (2.4.15)
  • Dante Alighieri (2.4.15)
  • John Donne (2.4.15)
  • William Blake (2.4.15)
  • Pablo Neruda (2.4.15)
  • Michael Bishop (2.4.15)
  • Paul Verlaine (2.4.15)
  • Charles Baudelaire (2.4.15)
  • Marcel Proust (2.24.1)
  • J.B. Priestley, Man and Time (Prologue Epigraph)
  • Derek Walcott, Love After Love (Prologue Epigraph)
  • Derek Walcott, Selected Poetry; Caribbean Writers Series
  • Derek Walcott, Collected Poems, 1948-84
  • Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies (Book 1 Epigraph), (2.25.41), (2.25.70)
  • John Donne, Elegies and Songs and Sonnets (1.1.122), (2.29.71-72)
  • Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus (1.1.122)
  • William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1.1.122)
  • William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience (1.1.122)
  • A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh (1.1.122)
  • Lewis Carroll, The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1.1.122), (1.11.119)
  • Laurence Sterne, Tristam Shandy (1.1.122)
  • Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip (1.1.122)
  • Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries (1.1.122)
  • John James Audubon, Birds of America (1.2.57)
  • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1.4.89)
  • William Shakespeare; quote from As You Like It (2.15.70)
  • The Bible; edition unknown (1.4.194)
  • World Almanac 1968; editors unknown (1.5.5)
  • Herman Melville, Billy Budd (1.5.252)
  • Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1.5.252)
  • William Blake, "The Tyger" (1.6.2)
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe ( B1.6 OR 5?)
  • P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins (1.7.91)
  • J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan (1.7.91), (1.8.169)
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1.7.94)
  • Claude Lévi-Strauss, The Raw and the Cooked (1.8.49)
  • Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress" (1.9.145)
  • Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (1.9.150)
  • Carolyn Keene (pseudonym), Nancy Drew (1.9.219)
  • Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone (1.11.1)
  • Carmina Burana; various unknown authors (1.11.1)
  • Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1.11.14)
  • Physicians Desk Reference, various editors (1.12.1)
  • Francis Quarles, My Beloved is Mine (1.12.50)
  • Leon Golub, Art in America (1.12.161)
  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1.14.71)
  • Encyclopedia Americana; Unknown edition (2.9.70)
  • Jane Austen, Emma (2.19.10)
  • Jorge Louis Borges, Ficciones (2.25.64)
  • Silvia Plath, "Lady Lazarus" (2.28.3)
  • Brothers Grimm, Little Red Riding Hood (2.28.4)

Art References

  • Sandro Botticelli (1.1.22)
  • J. M. W. Turner (1.3.81)
  • Vincent Van Gogh (1.4.17)
  • Anselm Kiefer (1.10.87)
  • Norman Rockwell (1.13.3)
  • Diego Rivera (2.1.137)
  • Frida Kahlo (2.1.137)
  • Rudolf Koch (2.2.6)
  • Bruce Rogers, Centaur (1.3.59)
  • Bruce Rogers, Book of Kells (1.3.59)
  • Bernardo Martorell, St. George Killing The Dragon (1.4.16)
  • George Seurat, La Grande Jatte (1.4.13)
  • Claude Monet, Haystack (1.4.13)
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge (1.4.13)
  • Joseph Cornell, Soap Bubble sets (2.14.1)
  • Joseph Cornell, Hotel boxes (2.14.1)

Pop Culture References:

  • Julia Child (1.1.39)
  • Patty Hearst (1.4.132)
  • Johnny Carson (1.4.49)
  • Wim Wenders (1.5.161)
  • Tom Cruise (1.5.207)
  • Lydia Lunch (1.9.383)
  • James Stewart (1.9.208), (1.9.229)
  • Donna Reed (1.9.208), (1.9.229)
  • Jackie Gleason (1.9.265)
  • Charlton Heston (1.12.146)
  • Louise Brooks (2.9.60)
  • Lois Lane (2.23.59)
  • Clark Kent (2.23.57)
  • The Parent Trap (1.4.95)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (1.3.2)
  • Mad (magazine) (1.5.5)
  • Rear Window (1.5.193)
  • The New York Times (1.7.37), (1.8.172)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1.9.179)
  • Reader's Digest (1.13.3.)

Musical References

  • Aretha Franklin (1.1.39)
  • Franz Schubert (1.1.98)
  • Van Halen (1.5.206)
  • The Sex Pistols (1.6.1), (1.9.400), (1.9.426), (2.22.1)
  • Violent Femmes (1.8.225), (1.8.237), (1.8.255)
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Iggy Pop (1.9.408), (2.20.95)
  • Iggy Pop & The Stooges (1.9.411)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1.6.2), (1.7.4)
  • Franz Schubert (1.6.5)
  • Kurt Weill (1.6.5)
  • Aretha Franklin (1.8.172)
  • Patti Smith (1.8.80) (1.9.415), (2.22.1)
  • Talking Heads (1.8.80)
  • New York Dolls (1.8.80)
  • Johnny Thunders (1.8.80)
  • Smoking Popes (1.8.85)
  • The Doors (1.9.131)
  • Jimi Hendrix (1.9.131)
  • Béla Bartók (1.9.231)
  • Johann Strauss (1.9.287)
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1.9.287)
  • The Clash (1.9.400), (2.22.1)
  • Blondie (1.9.401-405)
  • The Ramones (1.9.406)
  • Nirvana (1.9.403)
  • Pearl Jam (1.9.409)
  • Tom Petty (1.9.400)
  • New York Dolls (1.9.411)
  • MC5 (1.9.411)
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers B1.9.411)
  • Richard Hell and the Voidoids (1.9.415)
  • Talking Heads (1.9.416)
  • Gang of Four (1.9.426)
  • Buzzcocks (1.9.426), (2.22.1)
  • Dead Kennedys (1.9.426)
  • X (1.9.426)
  • Mekons (1.9.426)
  • The Raincoats (1.9.426)
  • Dead Boys (1.9.426)
  • New Order (1.9.426)
  • The Smiths (1.9.426)
  • Lora Logic (1.9.426)
  • Au Pairs (1.9.426)
  • Big Black (1.9.426)
  • PiL (1.9.426)
  • Pixies (1.9.426), (2.22.1)
  • The Breeders (1.9.426)
  • Sonic Youth (1.9.426)
  • Prince (1.9.430)
  • The Beatles (1.9.437)
  • Depeche Mode (1.9.438)
  • Sting (1.9.438)
  • The Cure (1.9.438), (2.22.1),
  • Charles Mingus (1.12.130)
  • Frank Sinatra (1.13.3)
  • Joni Mitchell (2.1.1.)
  • The Shaggs (2.1.1)
  • John Coltrane (2.9.17)
  • The B-52's (2.16.1)
  • Eagles (2.16.1)
  • The Bangles (2.16.1)
  • Fleetwood Mac (2.16.1)
  • Bee Gees (2.19.1)
  • Supertramp (2.22.1)
  • Matthew Sweet (2.22.1)
  • Phish (2.22.1)
  • The Pogues (2.22.1)
  • Pretenders (2.22.1)
  • Kate Bush (2.22.1)
  • The Cramps (2.22.1)
  • Art of Noise (2.22.1)
  • Echo & The Bunnymen (2.22.1)
  • Television (2.22.1)
  • Dazzling Killmen (2.22.1)
  • The Golden Palominos (2.22.5)
  • Frédéric Chopin (2.25.65)
  • The Kinks (3.2.32)
  • Bob Seger (3.2.37)
  • Talking Heads, "Once In a Lifetime" (1.5.59)
  • Violent Femmes, Gone Daddy Gone (1.8.260)
  • Richard Wagner, Lohengrin (1.10.44)
  • Jorge Arnaiz, Talking Heads; Spanish Edition
  • Giuseppe Verdi, Aida ((1.6.5)
  • Georges Bizet, Carmen (1.6.5)
  • Gustav Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde (1.7.4)
  • Giacomo Puccini, Madame Butterfly (1.9.65)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 2 (1.9.235)
  • Terry Riley, Salome Dances for Peace (1.9.276)
  • John Corigliano, The Ghost of Versailles (1.12.175)
  • The Beatles, Yellow Submarine (2.1.101)
  • Richard Wagner, Tristan and Isolde (2.20.105)
  • Alban Berg, Lulu (2.22.5)
  • The Jam, That's Entertainment (2.23.3)
  • Elvis Costello, Pills and Soap (2.23.3)
  • Lou Reed, Perfect Day (2.23.3)
  • Gang of Four, I Love a Man in a Uniform (2.23.3)

Historic References

  • Saint Thomas Aquinas (1.4.267)
  • Aristotle (1.4.267)
  • Ivan Pavlov (1.9.126)
  • Saint Matthew (1.9.150)
  • John the Baptist (1.9.278)
  • The Medici (1.14.24)
  • Adam Smith (2.1.120)
  • Karl Marx (2.1.120)
  • Rosa Luxemburg (2.1.120)
  • Alan Greenspan (2.1.120)
  • Leon Trotsky (2.1.136)
  • Pierre Bosquet; Quote: "C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre" (1.5.208)
  • Johannes Gutenberg, The Gutenberg Fragment; Bible fragment (2.26.1)
  • William Caxton, Game and Playe of the Chesse (2.26.1)
  • Nicolas Jenson (printing), Eusebius; Typeface (2.26.1)

Mythical References

  • Circe (2.1.5)
  • Nimbue (2.1.5)
  • Artemis (2.1.5)
  • Athena (2.1.5)
  • Penelope (2.1.5)
  • Odysseus (2.1.6), (3.2.10)
  • Demeter (2.3.4)
  • Euterpe (2.20.111)
  • Eurydice (2.28.3)

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