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Left and Write: Recalling the 30s

Synopsis
Looks at how writers, poets and film-makers looked outwards from England to a wider European perspective in the 1930s. Julian Symons, Stephen Spender and Naomi Mitchison look back at how it felt to be a leftist writer at the time and recall the issues that mattered to them. Four topics in particular are discussed: sex, including homosexuality and censorship; politics, for the 1930s were a time of political commitment; Spain, the way the Spanish Civil War became a focal point for many 1930s writers; and writing, where the three writers assess the political commitment of themselves and their contemporaries then from the viewpoint of the late 1980s.
Series
Literature in the Modern World, Course A319
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1991
Availability
out of distribution; 1998 sale: £145.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
Auden, W H; Blunt, Anthony; censorship; homosexuality; Isherwood, Christopher; Mosley, Oswald; novelists; Spanish Civil War; writers

Credits

Producer
Betty Talks
Cast
Benjamin Whitrow 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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