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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)

1963

1968

1977

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.’

significant life-experiences, TRAVEL, Story of the Metroland p. 35, juvenile fears, identites, developing his own sexuality from experience/ beyond theory, experimental affair with Annick, marital comfort with Marion, ?? monogamy, fidelity, adultery

artistic temperament, scorched Earth -, constructive loaf in Paris, being into life, a compromise

from adolescence through to young adulthood and parenthood, Paris, travel, Afterwards, utilitarian approach?

Seminar topics

STRUCTURE

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

Metroland 1963

Paris 1968

Metroland II 1977

Final chapter in all three parts - Object relations, What else are you at that age but a creature part willing, part consenting, part being chosen?, conscious choices

questions asked by the narrator

NARRATIVE VOICES

Christopher, the narrator

Christopher, age 16

Tony age 16

Nigel

Tony, age 30

Annick

Marion

CHARACTERS

Christopher, yearning recognition as an adult

Tony, epat

Annick

Marion

GENRE(S)

coming-of-age novel

autobiography

POMO

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

rebel without a cause, Flaubert on politics, hollow hedonism, avoiding responsibility?

coming of age into middle class conformity, Character of Christopher, family, Front Seat, uncle Arthur, Nigel, Paris on false pretenses

budding Fat Cat, Marion, voice of reason, Object relations, domesticity, sensibility