School of English and Drama

British Culture in the 1950's

Module code: ESH344

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 10 am - 12 pm
  • Semester 1: Tuesday 3 pm - 5 pm

Contact: Dr Rhiannon Moss
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.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6