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Jonathan Bignell

Introduction As earlier chapters have shown, critical response to the canon of British television drama from the 1960s to the present focuses on oppositions between critical realism and aesthetic modernism. Critics’ responses to Beckett’s work reflected the changing emphases of this critical debate over naturalistic political drama versus avant-garde form. The movement of British television drama from the 1960s to today has been away from theatricality and Modernist experiment with the medium, in favour of

in Beckett on screen
Tim Woods

critical realism that would force into the public eye the issues of state corruption, class exploitation and the manipulation by wealthy social elements of the poorer classes. An exponent of critical realism in novels like Violence (1979) and Heroes (1986), Iyayi explores the complex political problems in contemporary Nigeria, ranging across issues like the reasons for and consequences of the

in African pasts
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Jonathan Bignell

critical realism and aesthetic modernism. Critics’ responses to Beckett’s work in the 1970s, for example, reflected the critical debate of the time over the politics of naturalistic versus avant-garde form. British television drama from the 1960s onwards has moved away from theatricality and Modernist experimentation towards elaborations of cinematic naturalism. This latter form was seen as relevant, contemporary and politically progressive. Beckett’s television plays are situated within a complex dialectic of critical discourses around the aesthetics and politics of

in Beckett on screen
Tom Woodin

special cases, no different standards. What these young people are writing is literature … and ought to be judged in exactly the same way as we judge all writing. The well-travelled road is the best road with all the old dilemmas unresolved: naturalism versus critical realism, documentary realism versus allegory, and so on.21 The need to appraise could lead to dichotomies of good and bad. As a professional playwright, McGovern, looking back, expressed the view that the value of the Fed lay in the process that allowed working-class people to start writing and to develop

in Working-class writing and publishing in the late twentieth century
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Michael G. Cronin

anthropological, autobiographical and folkloric modes of writing about rural Ireland that had become fashionable in the 1930s. Conceptually, Laverty brought a version of the liberal Catholic marital ideal into her fiction to create a symbolic integration between self-fulfilment and collective good, as well as between tradition and modernity. As we will see, the paradoxes and limitations of Laverty’s politics are manifest in her fiction. Nevertheless, her writing is also compelling because it does not just rely on the literary techniques of critical realism and naturalism, but

in Impure thoughts
Tim Woods

: 63). Coetzee is suspicious of the testimonial concept (or the bearing witness to) embedded within realism, and his engagement with history appears indirect when put side by side with the staunch realism linked to black prose fiction, or the work of Nadine Gordimer. Nevertheless, as Dominic Head notes, this obliqueness of historical engagement is largely predicated upon a Lukácsian ‘critical

in African pasts