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The article says "The term was coined by Russian literary scholar M.M. Bakhtin" and cites Dentith, S. "Chronotope". The Literary Encyclopedia as a source for this fact. Although I did not create an account to view the whole article, the part that is visible above the paywall says the following: "A term taken over by Mikhail Bakhtin from 1920s science to describe the manner in which literature represents time and space." This implies he did not "coin" the word, but was the first to apply it to literary studies. The article should be fixed to reflect this.
Hmm, it would be good to find where it was used in 1920s science.·maunus · snunɐɯ· 05:36, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
This source says that Bakhtin did coin the word, based on Einsteins concept of "space-time". This would suggest that Dentith is only partly right and that the word "chronotope" was a greekism based on "space-time", but first coined by Bakhtin.·maunus · snunɐɯ· 09:58, 30 August 2015 (UTC)