By D. Tucker
This is often the 1st booklet of its style to appear throughout disciplines at this important point of British artwork, literature and tradition. It brings many of the intertwined histories of social realism into old standpoint, and argues that this occasionally marginalized style continues to be a major reference element for creativity in Britain.
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147). , p. 152) when unaccompanied by a moral motive, then black magic realism self-consciously seeks out the potential of ‘garbage culture’ to offer a springboard for individualized, class thrills (Smith 2002, p. 25). Returning to Meadows, we can measure the distance between his use of the conventions of social realism and this tradition of poetic/black magic realism. For Meadows there is no underlying structure of class voyeurism at work, and this can be appreciated if we consider how he handles the views from inside and outside the working class milieu he evokes.
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