British Culture in the 1950''s

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    British Culture in the 1950''s

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    English, European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    This module aims to introduce you to the variety of British cultural expression in the 1950s, including
    novels, poetry, drama, and television and film adaptations. The literature will be analysed in the
    context of a number of historical and social contexts: post-war austerity, the Festival of Britain, the
    development of post-imperial Britain, the Suez Crisis, Americanisation and the Cold War, the development
    of the Welfare State, the role of radio (the Third Programme) and television, the formation of the Arts
    Council. We will interrogate the critical assumption that the 1950s constituted a period of loss of
    confidence and ambition among British writers, and examine the range, styles and crucial reception of
    the literature of the decade. Writers studied will include George Orwell, Kingsley Amis, John Osborne,
    Doris Lessing, Iris Murdoch, Philip Larkin and Harold Pinter.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 6

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