“You were under the impression, that when you were walking forwards, that you’d end up further onwards, but things ain’t quite that simple”: time travelling and Quadrophenia’s segues

Thurschwell, Pamela (2018) “You were under the impression, that when you were walking forwards, that you’d end up further onwards, but things ain’t quite that simple”: time travelling and Quadrophenia’s segues. In: Thurschwell, Pamela (ed.) Quadrophenia and mod(ern) culture. Palgrave Studies in the History of Subculture and Popular Music . Palgrave MacMillan, Cham, pp. 217-234. ISBN 9783319647524

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Abstract

This chapter argues that through its segues and soundscape, Quadrophenia represents clashes between two historical moments, the early sixties and the early seventies. If the ending of Quadrophenia is notoriously ambiguous in its flirtation with suicide and its unanswered questions about Jimmy’s future, it may be that it is more productive to linger with the impasses that Quadrophenia dramatizes. Quadrophenia’s representation of Jimmy’s fraught relationship to Mod subculture, class, masculinity, sex, work, and the existential angst of the teenager, creates a dead-end for him in terms of one kind of narrative, the narrative of development, but opens up other possibilities that are enacted through Quadrophenia’s sometimes jarring leaps and transitions across space and time, its anachronisms, its nostalgia, its orientation toward a different kind of future.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Mod culture, Bildungsroman, segues, Quadrophenia
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth
Depositing User: Pam Thurschwell
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 09:36
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 09:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76730
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