From postmodernism to metamodernism: changing perspectives towards irony and metanarratives in Julian Barnes’s a history of the world in 10 and ½ chapters and the noise of time

Download
2019
Ateş, Meltem
The aim of this thesis is to point out and explore the changing perspectives towards irony and metanarratives in Julian Barnes’s fiction by focusing specifically on A History of the World in 10 and ½ Chapters (1989) and The Noise of Time (2016). This discussion will be located into the larger framework of Postmodernism and Metamodernism. These two aesthetic movements will be discussed in terms of their different approaches to irony and metanarratives in order to contextualize the changes in the ways in which irony and metanarratives are employed in Barnes’s fiction. Therefore, the differences and parallelisms between the ironic elements, postmodern and metamodern devices in these two novels will constitute the main discussion of the thesis. Through comparing Barnes’s one of the earliest (A History of The World in 10 and ½ Chapters) and latest works (The Noise of Time), the changing perspectives towards irony and metanarratives in Barnes’s fiction will be explored with the help of the theoretical background of Postmodernism, Post-Truth and Metamodernism.

Suggestions

From an ancient road to a cultural route : conservation and management of the road between Milas and Labraunda
Durusoy, Elifnaz; Bilgin Altınöz, Ayşe Güliz; Restoration in Department of Architecture (2013)
The main subject of the thesis is revealing cultural routes, by the evaluation of ancient roads which have cultural accumulation on and around them. Considering the unique character of cultural routes, their formation as a consequence of cultural accumulation in a region is the main objective of the thesis. The thesis aims to explore the basic principles of cultural route planning and management in regard to the contexts of natural, man-made, temporal, social and cultural, functional, visual and aesthetic, ...
Construction and deconstruction of the nation and nationality in Kazuo Ishiguro’s an artist of the floating world and the remains of the day /
Doğru Bakar, Hilal; Öztabak Avcı, Elif; Department of English Literature (2014)
This thesis focuses in a comparative manner on the ways in which the nation and nationality are foregrounded as constructs in Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World (1986) and The Remains of the Day (1989). The ways in which Ishiguro’s novels construct and deconstruct “Japaneseness” and “Englishness” will be explored in the light of the theories of Benedict Anderson and Homi K. Bhabha. The thesis will also focus on imperial national identity formation of the unreliable narrators in these novels, b...
Postmodernist historical novels: Jeanette Winterson’s and Salman Rushdie’s novels as historiographic metafictions
Kırca, Mustafa; İçöz, Nursel; Department of English Literature (2009)
The aim of this dissertation is to study postmodern historical novels, which are labeled “historiographic metafictions” (Hutcheon 1989: 92), in terms of their allowing for different voices and alternative, plural histories by subverting the historical documents and events that they refer to. The study analyzes texts from feminist and postcolonial literature, Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion and Sexing the Cherry, and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Shame as examples in which the transgression of bo...
A comparative analysis of sense of belonging as a part of identity of the colonizer and the colonized in the grass is singing and my place
Göktan, Cansu; Doyran, Feyza; Department of English Language Teaching (2010)
This thesis investigates how two loosely autobiographical works unveil the effects of colonization on their major characters in terms of their identities and senses of belonging. The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing, a second-generation member of the colonizer, and My Place by Sally Morgan, a third-generation hybrid Australian Aborigine, are selected because both novels essentially deal with colonial issues by depicting their major characters in a process of maturation within a colonial and post-colonial f...
‘Fabulation’ of metanarratives in julian barnes’s novels metroland, flaubert’s parrot, a history of the world in 10 ½ chapters, and england, England
Salman, Volhan; İçöz, Nursel; Department of English Literature (2009)
The present thesis argues that the present era of post-postmodernism experiences a revival of revised metanarratives through ‘fabulation’, the process masterfully depicted in Julian Barnes’s novels Metroland (1980), Flaubert’s Parrot (1984), History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters (1989) and England, England (1998). The age of postmodernism with its undermining irony, hopelessness, pessimism and the sense of the looming end could not but leave the world in a state of despair, characterised by a propagated rul...
Citation Formats
M. Ateş, “From postmodernism to metamodernism: changing perspectives towards irony and metanarratives in Julian Barnes’s a history of the world in 10 and ½ chapters and the noise of time,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. English literature., Middle East Technical University, 2019.