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A Taste of Honey (1958) Shelagh Delaney (b. 1939)
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Outline of lectures on Delaney Lecture 1: film screening Lecture 2: genre, setting, dialogue Lecture 3: social criticism (sexuality, race, gender)
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Lecture 1: screening of the 1962 film adaptation (dir. Tony Richardson) 1) Think about setting : where? when? how does setting shape character and theme? 2) Consider gender (femininity) and youth in the characterization of Jo. What do her relationships with Helen, Peter, Jimmie, and Geof each represent? 3) How do aspects of performance and staging create an alienation effect in A Taste of Honey , and why?
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Lecture 2: Delaney: genre, setting, dialogue
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social realism -- “a slice of life,” gritty, raw -- “kitchen sink” -- based on the idea that art can and should address social issues and on a principle of “social extension” (Raymond Williams) -- setting shapes and reflects working-class lives and aspirations
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Setting “The overall setting… is the general locale, historical time, and social circumstances in which the action occurs.” “The setting of a single episode or scene within the work is the particular physical location in which it takes place.” (Abrams 330)
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Setting in A Taste of Honey -- “a ghastly district” (17) -- “this Manchester maisonette” (47) --“I’ve got to work all day in a shoe shop and all night in a bar to pay for it. But it’s mine. All mine.” (47) --vs. Helen’s offer of Peter’s “decent home” (67)
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Bomb Sites and Rebuilding after WWII: an era of reconstruction
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“Teddy Boy and Girl,” Petticoat Lane 1956. Photograph by Roger Mayne.
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“Is it wrong to want to live on your own?” (The Smiths, “Sheila Take a Bow”)
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