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Flowers in the Dustbin: Culture, Anarchy, and Postwar England
by Neil Nehring
University of Michigan Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-472-09526-1 | Paper: 978-0-472-06526-4
Library of Congress Classification DA589.4.N44 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 941.085

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Flowers in the Dustbin looks at the volatile relations between literature, rock music, and youth subcultures in postwar England. Neil Nehring traces the continuities between the original avant-garde of the twenties and thirties and the postwar youth culture, arguing that anarchism never really disappeared from the world. The author shows that British youth groups like the Mods, the Rockers, Punks, and Teddy Boys and the music that inspired them appear increasingly more acute than their literary counterparts, belying conventional assumptions about the relative powers of "high" and "low" culture. By examining literary texts as part of a larger sampling of cultural forms and their uses in everyday life, Flowers in the Dustbin provides a striking illustration of the significance the field of cultural studies holds for studies in English.


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