• “Picking Daffodils with Auntie Wordsworth”: Class, Intellect, and Virility in John Osborne’s "Look Back In Anger"

    Author(s):
    John Stephenson (see profile)
    Date:
    2009
    Subject(s):
    British drama, 20th-century British literature, New wave films, Class, Masculinity
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    John Osborne, Look Back In Anger, Richard Burton, Kenneth Branagh, Angry Young Men
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/gc12-dp43
    Abstract:
    The paper argues that the obvious class conflict characterizing John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" is inseparable from and complicated by considerations of education/intellect and masculinity/virility, and relatedly that Osborne’s designation as an “Angry Young Man” intertwines with the work’s manifestations as text and performance. Two dramatic portrayals of Osborne's Jimmy Porter—by Richard Burton in 1959 and Kenneth Branagh in 1989—further illuminate the interplay of class, intellect, and virility within and around the text.
    Notes:
    Paper originally submitted to ENGL S-163c British, Irish, and Postcolonial Drama (Graduate credit), Harvard University Extension School, 7 August 2009. Minor revisions 24 April 2019. Film stills redacted.
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