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By Dan Rebellato

ISBN-10: 0415189381

ISBN-13: 9780415189385

It really is stated that British Drama was once shockingly lifted out of the doldrums by way of the 'revolutionary' visual appeal of John Osborne's glance again in Anger on the Royal courtroom in could 1956. yet had the theatre been as ephemeral and effeminate because the indignant younger males claimed? used to be the period of Terence Rattigan and 'Binkie' Beaumont as repressed and closeted because it turns out? during this daring and interesting problem to the bought knowledge of the final 40 years of theatrical historical past, Dan Rebellato uncovers a unique tale altogether. it really is one the place Britain's declining Empire and lengthening panic over the 'problem' of homosexuality performed a vital function within the development of an everlasting fantasy of the theatre. via going again to fundamental resources and carefully wondering all assumptions, Rebellato has rewritten the historical past of the Making of recent British Drama.

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This is perhaps what is implied by Macowan’s otherwise bewildering set of precepts when he upbraids small touring venues: ‘Hard chairs, echoing rafters, inferior coffee and stodgy buns, with perhaps school maps, charts and pictures around the walls, hardly creates the right atmosphere for an evening’s pleasure’ (1950, 40). So as to reinstate an auratic mystery to the culture, touring is slowly abandoned.

The proper role of poetry, for Eliot, lay in this integration of human faculties; but in the mid seventeenth century, he argues, words and feelings went their separate ways: ‘the language became more refined, the feeling became more crude’ (288). Here Eliot overlaps with Leavis’s critique of Milton, who, Leavis argues, ‘exhibits a feeling for words rather than a capacity for feeling through words’ (1936, 50), his verse displaying a ‘certain hollowness’ (46) and ‘a certain sensuous poverty’ (47).

25 1956 AND ALL THAT Nonetheless, Williams argues that there is much to learn from these thinkers. In Culture and Society he praises Leavis for opening the institutions of mass society to the techniques of practical criticism. And while he denounces Eliot’s persuasion that the effects of a few fine minds engaged in scrupulous reading and discrimination will trickle down to the rest of us, he sees his work as offering a profound breakthrough in our thinking about culture. This breakthrough is characterised by seeing culture as ‘a whole way of life’.

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