Sex, Class, and Thatcherism

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Humanities Arts Cultural Stu

Course Number: 
0237
Institution: 
Hampshire College
This course explores how British fiction and cinema responded to the challenges of new social configurations from the rise of the welfare state in the 1950s to its crisis in the wake of Margaret Thatcher's rule in the 1980s. Our topics include shifting class relations, expanding definitions of 'Englishness' and 'Britishness,' changing constructions of gender identity beginning with the 'Angry Young Men' generation, and the rise of a multiracial society. We will also address various formal considerations, in particular the complex dialectics of traditional realism and formal experimentation, as well as the significant role of dystopian fantasy in much of the period's novelistic and cinematic production. We read novels by writers such as Margaret Drabble, Doris Lessing, and Martin Amis, poetry by Philip Larkin, and watch films by Tony Richardson, Lindsay Anderson, Stephen Frears, and Mike Leigh, among others.
Comments: 

Writing and Research Multiple Cultural Perspectives

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
310672

Course Sections

Sex, Class, and Thatcherism
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Aleksandar Stevic

asHA@hampshire.edu

01:00PM-02:20PM M,W

Franklin Patterson Hall 105