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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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

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

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(p.137) Chapter 11 1956, Suez and Sloane Square: Empire's Ebb and Flow
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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
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Rick Rylanc

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0012

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

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