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Time–geography, gentlemen, please: chronotopes of publand in Patrick Hamilton's London trilogy

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Beckingham, D 


This paper considers the time and the place of drinking in modern British life, as represented in Patrick Hamilton’s trilogy of novels set in the publand of London’s West End in the interwar years, and through Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope and with critical nods to Hagerstrand’s timegeography corpus. The chronotopes of pubs and their neighbourhoods, which we term ‘publand’, are discussed initially in their novelistic presentation in Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (1935), and then in relation to the ‘character zones’ of the novels’ principal protagonists. The key themes, defined in the paper are the asynchronicity of personal and social relations, the dialogic construction of heterochronicity, and the presentation of a prosaic chronotope. Though the paper is a contribution to literary geography, we aim to contribute to the cultural geographic understanding of the timespace rhythms and routines of everyday leisure drinking, making claims for the wider significance of chronotopic analysis.



chronotope, time-geography, literary geography, Patrick Hamilton, pubs, drinking, chronotope, time-geography, Patrick Hamilton, geographie litteraire, pub, boisson, cronotopo, geografia temporal, Patrick Hamilton, geografia literaria, bares, beber

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Social and Cultural Geography

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Informa UK Limited