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METROLAND by Mind Map: METROLAND
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METROLAND

‘I grew up in a place that looks like a settled community but is in fact full of rootless people. You have this psychic rootlessness which is characteristic of who we are.’

CONTEXT

POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXT

welfare state, p.161968 student revolt in Pariscf.1848 revolution (Flaubert and Marx)

SETTING

Reviews

overview

Barnes’s debut is a contemplative and reflective fictional memoir that affirms the value of simple pleasures and resists the Larkinesque temptation to believe that ‘life’ lies somewhere else: beyond suburbia, at political riots and protests, or in leading a Bohemian existence.

the evolution of one suburban schoolboy - anger generation

Barnes shapes a there-and-back-again traveller’s tale which suggests Eliot’s famous lines on the end of exploring in ‘Little Gidding’: ‘to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.’

Seminar topics

STRUCTURE

closely structured chapters (13/6/6) three-part/triades commuter novel cycle

NARRATIVE VOICES

CHARACTERS

GENRE(S)

A READING

Irony as a strategic device in developing the narrative

Auden vs. Rimbaud - staging a difference "poetry makes nothing happen"

cf. A Portrait... I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile and cunning. W.H. Auden, In Memory of W.B. Yeats