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Reevaluating Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey: Postwar British Taboos on Stage and Screen

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2017, 30(2), pp.193-217
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama

Heebon Park-Finch 1

1충북대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper reappraises the dramatic implications of Shelagh Delaney’s working-class drama, A Taste of Honey (1958), from the perspectives of media-crossing, gender, and class. In the late 1950s Britain, when the female voice was rarely heard on the British stage, Delaney was notable for her use of the Kitchen-Sink format, investigating taboos (racial discrimination, fragmented family, teen-age pregnancy, single unwed mothers, and homophobia) that contemporary male playwrights had largely shunned, and placing female characters at the centre of the action. In order to reexamine A Taste of Honey and its commentary on the insecurity, patience, and resilience of a dispossessed postwar family and society, this paper compares the original stage play for the 1958 Theatre Workshop premier, directed by Joan Littlewood, with the 1961 British New Wave film adaptation directed by Tony Richardson. It is argued that this play is uniquely significant for its portrayal of postwar British lives and taboos on stage and screen, and deserves deeper critical attention, especially since the issues addressed are still pertinent today.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.