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1956, Suez and Sloane Square: Empire's Ebb and Flow

Rick Rylanc

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0012
1956, Suez and Sloane Square: Empire's Ebb and Flow

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This chapter discusses the themes associated with John Osborne's Look Back in Anger. The discussion resumes Osborne's optical metaphor, and explores the play in order to review some of the important configurations in the 1950s. It shows that Look Back in Anger presents several reflections of the geopolitical, sexual, cultural and social tensions which helped shape postwar writing.

Keywords: optical metaphor; John Osborne; Look Back; configurations; tensions; postwar writing

Chapter.  7547 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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