Untold stories: concepts of postmodernism in the work of Alan Bennett

Cheary, Michael (2011) Untold stories: concepts of postmodernism in the work of Alan Bennett. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will concentrate on the playwright, screenwriter and novelist, Alan Bennett, in relation to ideas on the postmodern. Rather than focus on the oeuvre of Alan Bennett as a whole, it will pay particular attention to his two series of monologues for the BBC, Talking Heads Series One (Lloyd, 1987) and Talking Heads Series Two (Shivas, 1998), The History Boys (Hytner, 2006); and his latest stage play, The Habit of Art (Hytner, 2009). As postmodernism is a very broad term, for the purposes of this enquiry the aspects that will be most useful to explore will be the death of the author, intertextuality, the erosion of the distinction between high art and popular culture, and hyper-reality. The research approach adopted in this dissertation includes looking at a number of different areas. Each chapter will provide a textual analysis of a key text, and look at a central idea of postmodernism in relation to it. This is then backed up with theoretical writing on the subject, as well as journals, contemporary reviews, DVD commentaries and interviews. The main conclusions drawn from this study show that Alan Bennett's work could indeed be viewed from a postmodern perspective. He is continually aware of his own conventions, and the conventions of the form, persistently alienating the readerfrom the real and challenging them to draw their own conclusions to his work.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 09:29
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:57
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6902

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