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British social realism in the arts since 1940 [Elektronisk resurs] / Edited by David Tucker.

Tucker, David. 
ISBN 9780230306387
Publicerad: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Engelska 240 p.
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  • Acknowledgements List of Figures Notes on Contributors Introduction - 'an anthropology of ourselves' Vs. 'the incomprehensibility of the real': Making the Case for British Social Realism-- D.Tucker Tragedy, Ethics and History in Contemporary British Social Realist Film-- P.Dave Staging the Contemporary: Politics and Practice in Post-War Social Realist Theatre-- S.Lacey Bad Teeth: British Social Realism in Fiction-- R.Mengham 'this / is not a metaphor': The Possibility of Social Realism in British Poetry-- K.Sutherland Re-presenting Reality, Recovering the Social: The Poetics and Politics of Social Realism and Visual Art-- G.Whiteley Small Screens and Big Voices: Televisual Social Realism and the Popular-- D.Rolinson Index.
  • This is the first book of its kind to look across disciplines at this vital aspect of British art, literature and culture. It brings the various intertwined histories of social realism into historical perspective, and argues that this sometimes marginalized genre is still an important reference point for creativity in Britain. -- Social realism has been a vital element of British culture over the past seventy years. Yet it has not gained anywhere near the critical attention its impact warrants. It can be a highly responsive genre, one that confronts its contemporaneous social, economic and political contexts with visceral immediacy, while at the same time retaining a focus on the individual, the domestic and the private. This fascinating analysis of the intertwined histories and legacies of British social realism across disciplines reveals how important the changing genre has been for creative works since the Second World War, and how it resonates within contemporary contexts. With original contributions from leading scholars this collection provides chapters on film, theatre, fiction, visual art, poetry and television, that show how social realism speaks to our own times as well as of the past, and that a thoughtful and thorough reappraisal of the genre has been long overdue. 
  • 'This is an outstanding study of the histories and meanings of social realism in Britain since 1940, which is as attentive to the diversity of its forms and politics, as it is imaginative about its possibilities. The six chapters, written by leading scholars in the study of the arts, offer intellectually stimulating and sophisticated analyses of the significance of social realism in modern and contemporary British culture, from Coronation Street, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and Mass Observation, to The Royle Family, Tom Leonard, and Jez Butterworth. Of all the epithets used to characterise the aesthetics of postwar Britain, social realism is the most maligned and least understood. This book opens up the concepts and practices of social realism in film, drama, fiction, poetry, visual art and television to lucid, intelligent and thorough scrutiny. It sets out a brilliant new map of the cultural landscape in Britain, as challenging in its positioning of social realism as a dominant aesthetic as it is masterful in its refigurations of the very terms by which we understand that aesthetic. British Social Realism in the Arts since 1940 is an essential guide to the arts in modern Britain, an inspired and dazzling intervention in the history of our cultural present.' - John Brannigan, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland. 

Ämnesord

Social realism in literature.  (LCSH)
Social realism  -- Great Britain. (LCSH)
Art, British  -- 20th century. (LCSH)
English literature  -- History and criticism -- 20th century. (LCSH)
Popular culture  -- History -- 20th century -- Great Britain. (LCSH)
Art and Design.  (eflch)
The arts: general issues  -- Postwar period, 1945 to c 2000 -- British Isles. (bicssc)
Film theory & criticism  -- Postwar period, 1945 to c 2000 -- British Isles. (bicssc)
Popular culture  -- Postwar period, 1945 to c 2000 -- British Isles. (bicssc)

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