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

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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.


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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.