British Culture: An Introduction by David P. Christopher

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By David P. Christopher

British tradition: An creation offers a entire advent to principal points of tradition and the humanities in Britain this present day, and makes use of a actual method of position them inside a transparent, historic context. themes contain: * the social and cultural environment: politics and society 1950-1999, together with immigration, feminism, Thatcherism and the humanities and the Blair revolution* language and tradition: accents and minority languages, broadcasting and public existence* the radical, poetry and theatre* cinema: Hammer Horror, James Bond, Ealing comedies, black British movie, Trainspotting, the whole Monty and ancient epics* tv and radio: cleaning soap opera, crime sequence and sitcoms* renowned track and type: The Beatles, punk, Britpop, tradition and elegance* paintings and sculpture: Bacon, Hockney, Gilbert and George and Hirst* structure and interiors. every one bankruptcy makes a speciality of key issues of contemporary years, and offers certain emphasis to impressive artists inside each one quarter. The booklet additionally strengthens learn talents, via follow-up actions and recommendations for extra examining which look on the finish of every bankruptcy. a true must-read for all scholars of British historical past and tradition.

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There are also many private literary societies dedicated to the discussion of a variety of authors’ works. But for those more interested in creative writing, several centres offer specialised courses. One of the most famous is at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, where contemporary authors such as Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro have studied. The publishing and retailing of classic and modern works have become major industries, and over 6,000 new fiction titles appear each year. There are numerous awards for new books and authors, such as the Whitbread Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize.

They also earn approximately 20 per cent less than men in business, industry and government, even when doing similar types of work. Within the domestic sphere, divorce rates have continued to rise and in 1994 some 40 per cent of marriages ended in divorce, leaving many women in single-parent households. But in the 1990s debates about equality began to move from economic to social issues, such as political correctness in language and behaviour, sexual harassment and male violence, in what became known as a ‘post-feminist’ era.

But during the early 1980s the free market became the only source of information for social, economic and political ideas. The Council’s funding was sharply reduced, as the arts were treated as any other business. The effects of the cuts were widely felt. For the first time, many museums and galleries began to charge admission prices. To attract subsidies, arts productions had to become less adventurous and more populist, for example by showing Shakespeare’s plays in ways which removed their social content and stressed their sentimental aspects.

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