Beautiful Strangers: Ireland and the World of the 1950s


Dawe, Gerald / Jones, Darryl / Pelizzari, Nora (eds)

 Beautiful Strangers: Ireland and the World of the 1950s

 Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2013. X, 197 pp., 3 coloured ill., 6 b/w ill.

Reimagining Ireland. Vol. 46
Edited by Eamon Maher

Softcover: ISBN 978-3-0343-0801-4

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This groundbreaking collection examines popular and literary culture in the 1950s through the lens of postwar Ireland. The 1950s are at once a site of cultural nostalgia and of vital relevance to twenty-first-century readers. The diverse essays collected here offer insight into the artistic effects of austerity on both creators and consumers of 1950s culture, examining cultural production in Britain and the United States as well as Ireland. The first book of its kind, it blends critical analysis with cultural memory of a unique time in the history of Irish literature and the broader world. From Samuel Beckett to Elvis Presley and Movement poetry to bestselling science fiction, this volume highlights the crucial role Ireland played in the growth of literary and popular culture throughout this fascinating decade and beyond.

Thomas Kilroy: A Memoir of the 1950s – Nicholas Grene: Samuel Beckett: Waiting for the End – Darryl Jones: Fantasia: Under Milk Wood in the 1950s – Sam Slote: Elvis Presley: The Sun King – John Scattergood: The Movement: A Personal View – Eoin O’Brien: The Baggotonian Movement: Nevill Johnson (1911-1999) – Bernice M. Murphy: The Beautiful Stranger and the Inconceivable Alien: The Body Replacement Narrative in 1950s American Science Fiction – Helen Conrad O’Briain: Phyllis McGinley and the Liberal Heart – Edwina Keown: ‘Look at the pram products at their plotting and planning’: The Start of the British Teen Scene and Counter-Cultural Music in Colin MacInnes’s Absolute Beginners (1959) – Gerald Dawe: From Borstal Boy and Ginger Man to Kitty Stobling: A Brief Look Back at the 1950s – Terence Brown: Afterword.

Gerald Dawe is Professor of English, Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. His most recent publications include Selected Poems (2012) and Conversations: Poets & Poetry (2011).
Darryl Jones is Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He has written and edited numerous books, most recently It Came From the 1950s: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties (with Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice Murphy) and an edition of M. R. James’s Collected Ghost Stories.
Nora Pelizzari is a PhD candidate in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.


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