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Beautiful Strangers

Ireland and the World of the 1950s

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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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Abbey Theatre 10, 13, 17, 18, 19, 98, 99 Abie’s Irish Rose 137 Ake, David 147, 151 Akhenaten (Pharaoh) 52 Althusser, Louis 157 American Scholar, The 137 Amis, Kingsley 66, 67, 68, 76, 81, 82 Amis, Sally 79 Annigoni, Pietro 107 Anouilh, Jean 9 Atlantic Monthly 133, 137 Attlee, Clement 42, 44 Auden, W. H. 25, 40, 41, 73, 134 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 116 Bacon, Francis 108, 152 Bakhtin, Mikhail 64, 151 Baldwin, Stanley 150 Ball, Hugo 46 Basie, Count 154 Battlestar Galactica 116 Baudelaire, Charles 149, 161 BBC 36, 182–3, 185 Beamish, Noelle 23 Beatles, The 147 Beckett, Samuel 4, 21–34, 87, 90, 93, 96–8, 108, 109, 174, 181 Behan, Brendan 5, 93, 94, 99, 104, 171, 172–4 Bells of St. Mary’s, The 137 Ben Hur 142 Benet, Stephen Vincent 138 Benjamin, Walter 149, 161, 162 Bennett, Alan 74 Beowulf 132 Berle, Milton 58 Berliner Ensembler 16 Bernhardt, Sarah 53 Berry, Chuck 153 Betti, Ugo 9 Bewick, Pauline 93 Bionic Woman, The 116 Birch, Peter 10 Black, Bill 54, 57 Blanshard, Paul 135 Blin, Roger 21 Blythe, Ernest 17, 18 Bombeck, Erma 140 Booth, Mark 59 Bourke, Brian 93 Bowen, Elizabeth 22, 159, 171 Bowie, David 51 Bowman, Ruth 77–8 Boydell, Brian 93 Bozman, E. F. 35 Brain Eaters, The 117, 118 Brain from the Planet Arous, The 117 Brando, Marlon 154, 161 Braque, Georges 111 Brecht, Bertolt 15 Breton, André 46, 47 Brinnin, John Malcolm 38, 41 Brough, Peter 183...

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