Alfred Jarry’s “How to Construct a Time Machine”: A Web Guide

Compiled by Ralph Dumain

The ’Pataphysical Essay

How to Construct a Time Machine by Alfred Jarry, translated by Roger Shattuck.
Also on Tripod & Patakosmos.
French original first published in Mercure de France, 110, February 1899, pp. 387-396, under pseudonym of Dr. Faustroll.

The Art of Penguin Science Fiction, Chapter 13: The third Italian renaissance
See The Traps of Time edited by Michael Moorcock (1968, 1970, 1979).

Alfred Jarry’s Time Machine & Michael Moorcock’s The Traps of Time
Above content, on this site with 1979 reprint cover illustration by Adrian Chesterman.

How to Construct a Time Machine
Catalogue for exhibition entitled ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’ (with essays by Mieke Bal, Alfred Jarry, Peter Osborne, and Marquard Smith) at MK Gallery, 23 January - 22 March 2015

Artwork: The Time Machine Realized

How to Construct a Time Machine (23 January-22 March 2015, MK Gallery), January 17, 2015

Alfred Jarry’s Time Machine (video) by Lawrence Lek
A translation of Alfred Jarry's proto-surrealist science fiction text into a (nearly) working machine.
Also at Vimeo.

Building a time machine in the Dorset woods by Andrew Jaffe, May 7, 2010

B/E at the Biennale by Andrew Jaffe, August 31, 2010

Panamarenko, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Time Machines / Paul Laffoley

Paul Laffoley Zoomable Images 3: GEOCHRONMECHANE: The Time-Machine From The Earth

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Canada, November 26, 2010 – January 23, 2011


Silver Machine / Robert Calvert with Hawkwind (1972)


Jarry, Joyce, Duchamp and Cage by William Anastasi (May 2000)

Postmodernism as 'Pataphysics Institutionalized (review of Linda Hutcheon) by Douglas Puchowski


Alfred Jarry by Joshua Glenn, 09.08.2010

Links on This Site

Alfred Jarry, Marcel Duchamp, ’Pataphysics, & the Fourth Dimension (excerpts) by Andrew Hugill

Alfred Jarry’s Time Machine & Michael Moorcock’s The Traps of Time
with 1979 reprint cover illustration by Adrian Chesterman.

Definition of ’Pataphysics by Alfred Jarry

Patalogic in the Garden of Sidamo by R. Dumain

Formal Logic of Pataphysics by René Daumal

Alfred Jarry, the Uninvited Guest, Achras & Ubu by Jill Fell

Laughter by Marcel Schwob

Magritte, la Pataphysique et son Collège

The Definitive Time Machine: A Critical Edition of H.G. Wells’s Scientific Romance
(Contents + notes on Jarry)

H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine: Selected Bibliography

Edward Page Mitchell (1852-1927), Science Fiction Pioneer: Time Travel, Hegel, and More

Eugène Mouton: 19th Century Science Fiction Pioneer

Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau: El anacronópete — The First Time Machine

«Le maître du temps» par Giuseppe Lipparini

The Man Who Was Solved by Dick Allen

Martin Gardner, Mathematical Games, & the Fourth Dimension (web guide & bibliography)

Science Fiction & Utopia Research Resources: A Selective Work in Progress

Humor & Philosophy: Selected Bibliography

Irony, Humor, & Cynicism Study Guide

Philosophical and Universal Languages, 1600-1800, and Related Themes: Selected Bibliography

Jorge Luis Borges: Selected Study Materials on the Web

Surrealism: Selected Links

Exotica, Curiosa, Crankery, Hoaxes, Cultural & Intellectual Arcana: Selected Web Guide & Bibliography

Other Offsite Links

’Pataphysics @ Ĝirafo (blog)

The Crucifixion Considered As An Uphill Bicycle Race” by Alfred Jarry

Read by miette on November 28, 2007 (with sound file)

Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being (exhibition, The Morgan Library & Museum, January 24 - August 16, 2020)

Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being (video, exhibition, The Morgan Library & Museum, July 22, 2020)

The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race” by J.G. Ballard

Read by miette on December 4, 2007 (with sound file)

Contributors - The Evergreen Review, Issue 102 (1999): James G. Ballard & Alfred Jarry

SAAJ – Société des Amis d’Alfred Jarry

Functions of Science in French Fiction
by Arthur B. Evans

Pataphysics and Fictive Art

Pataphors (Paul Avion)

Pataphor and Pataphors: Official Site

Jootsy Calculus

Ludic Society

Musée Patamécanique

Illposed Software | Philosophy

The Principals of 'Pataphysical Programming by Darko Svitek, Chief Philosopher at Illposed Software

PRASCAL: a pataphysical programming language by Andrew Hugill and Hongji Yang

Andrew Hugill

’Pataphysics and Computing by Andrew Hugill

Words Made Flesh: Code, Culture, Imagination (2005)
by Florian Cramer

The London Institute of 'Pataphysics - Introduction

Oulipo | Ouvroir de littérature potentielle

Atlas Press

Adventures in ’Pataphysics by Alfred Jarry

The Journal of Pataphysical Reviews, volume 3
1. Issue 1
2. Issue 2
3. Issue 3


Maxwell's Silver Hammer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Beatles - Maxwell's Silver Hammer Lyrics | Rock Genius

Dead Links

Andrew Jaffe

King Ubu: Director's Notes by Anthony Black

INTERVIEW: Marc Lowenthal of Wakefield Press, 7 July 2010

Pataphysical Discourse in the German Bildungsroman by Christian Anderson (Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference, 2008)

Symbolism and Beyond. An Introduction to Jarry’s Life, Work and Poetics

The Pataphysical Calendar of Alfred Jarry

Definitely Maybe ('Pataphysics Resources)

Novum Organum du Collège de ’Pataphysique

Pataphysique de Nautia

Additional Bibliography

Beha, Christopher R. “Oulipo Ends Where the Work Begins,” The Believer, GAMES issue, September 2006 (vol. 4, no. 7).

Jarry, Alfred. “Commentary and Instructions for the Practical Construction of the Time Machine,” translated and annotated by Paul Edwards, in Adventures in ’Pataphysics, edited by Alastair Brotchie & Paul Edwards, translated by Paul Edwards & Antony Melville (London: Atlas Press, 2001), pp. 211-218, 318-320. (Atlas Anti-classic; 8. Collected Works of Alfred Jarry; I)

Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature, translated and edited by Warren F. Motte, Jr. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986.

Perec, Georges. “ Thoughts on the Art and Technique of Crossing Word,” The Believer, GAMES issue, September 2006 (vol. 4, no. 7).

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