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Beautiful Strangers

Ireland and the World of the 1950s

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Edited By Gerald Dawe, Darryl Jones and Nora Pelizzari

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.

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image: “Three Old Men on a Bench, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin” by Nevill Johnson, 1953–1954. © RTÉ Stills Library © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2013 Hochfeldstrasse 32, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland info@peterlang.com, www.peterlang.com, www.peterlang.net All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. Printed in Germany Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National bibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Dawe, Gerald, 1952- Beautiful strangers : Ireland and the world of the 1950s / Gerald Dawe, Darryl Jones, Nora Pelizzari. p. cm. -- (Reimagining Ireland ; 46) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-0343-0801-4 (alk. paper) 1. English literature--Irish authors--History and criticism. 2. Literature and society--Ireland--History. 3. Popular culture--Ireland--History. 4. Nineteen fifties--Ireland. I. Jones, Darryl, 1967- II. Pelizzari, Nora. III. Title. PR8718.D39 2012 820.9’9415--dc23 2012036865 In memory of my mother –Gerald Dawe For Margaret and Morgan –Darryl Jones For Mabel, Anne, Tom and Charles –Nora Pelizzari

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