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British Women's Writing, 1930 to 1960Between the Waves$
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Sue Kennedy and Jane Thomas

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621822

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621822.001.0001

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A New Reality

A New Reality

Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey (1958)

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(p.215) Chapter Twelve A New Reality
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British Women's Writing, 1930 to 1960
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Maria Elena Capitani

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621822.003.0013

Focussing on the crucial transitional year of 1958, Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey offers a valuable and often overlooked contribution to the genre of ‘kitchen sink drama’. Nevertheless, as Maria Elena Capitani demonstrates, Delaney surpasses her ‘angry young male’ counterparts in her exploration of more of the preoccupations of the 1960s including homosexuality, mixed-race sex, teenage pregnancy and the survival techniques of an ‘underclass’. Capitani observes how A Taste of Honey has the unique capacity to register an epoch-defining moment in British social and cultural history at the same time as it expresses the ‘suffering of ambivalence’, to use Adrienne Rich’s term, of motherhood.

Keywords:   Shelagh Delaney, kitchen sink, underclass, mixed-race sex, teenage pregnancy, angry young men, Adrienne Rich, motherhood, homosexuality

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