By Lawrence Phillips
The post-war redevelopment of London has been the main vast in its heritage, and has been followed via a dramatic social and cultural upheaval. This e-book explores the literary re-imagining of the town in post-war fiction and argues that the picture, heritage, and narrative of town has been remodeled along the actual rebuilding and repositioning of the capital. Drawing at the principles of Michel de Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Anthony Vigler and others in addition to the most recent paintings on city illustration, this booklet is a vital contribution to the examine of the intersection among position, lived adventure, and the literary mind's eye. Texts coated comprise novels by means of essentially the most major and lesser recognized authors of the interval, together with Graham Greene, George Orwell, J. G. Ballard, Stella Gibbons, David inn, Doris Lessing, B. S. Johnson, Sam Selvon, V. S. Naipaul, Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair.
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Extra resources for London Narratives: Post-war Fiction And the City (Continuum Literary Studies)
Despite Winston’s memory of discovering an unexpunged document that disproved the Party’s version of the past, such evidence is, on the whole, unimportant in a system where ‘All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary’ (Nineteen Eighty-Four 39). ’’ would have ceased once and for all to be answerable. But in effect it was unanswerable even now, since the few scattered survivors from the ancient world were incapable of comparing one age with another’ (Nineteen Eighty-Four 83).
London in Nineteen Eighty-Four is a spatialized narrative by which we perceive far more structurally than, say, a typical romance (Rabkin 79). This is of course an aspect of the broader literary tradition of utopian/dystopian ﬁctions by which the plot is often spatialized to provide a checklist of comparisons to the contemporary society it is challenging. Yet Orwell goes beyond these expected generic The Centre Cannot Hold 43 conventions which tend not to involve extensive narrative characterization, to explore the material basis of both the humanity of society and the individual to which the city is crucial.
Exhibits the 26 London Narratives daily throb of a huge pulsating heart. Every evening half a million men are sent in quick streams, like corpuscles of blood through the arteries, along the railways and the trunk roads outwards to the suburbs’ (Porter 397). The transformation of this trope into the city as monster represents a familiar enough antagonism to the propensity of the city to expand and consume its hinterland, and the drudgery of commuter life in a similar vein to Eliot’s workers crossing London Bridge: ‘I had not thought death had undone so many’.