'I Think my Mother Would Have put me off Women for Life'; John Osborne and the Construction of the Maternal Female in Four of his Plays: Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer, Time Present and The Hotel in Amsterdam.
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts Honours
School of International, Cultural and Community Studies
Faculty of Education & Arts
Dr Charles Edelman
The following thesis aims to provide an insight into the life of British playwright, John Osborne and to examine his relationship with both his mother and other significant females present in his life. In addition, the following document aims to consider the subsequent effect Osborne's relationships may have had upon both the construction and depiction of the maternal role in four of his plays: Look Back in Anger (1956), The Entertainer (1957), Time Present (1968) and The Hotel in Amsterdam (1968). Evidence to support the thesis was obtained from a wide variety of sources: autobiographies, biographies, plays, film, critical theory, reviews and journals. It is presented in a traditional and chronological format. The thesis examines Osborne's relationship with some of the significant women in his life, in tum highlighting specific people and events that may have effected the production of specific characters and/or events in the nominated plays. It provides the reader with a greater insight to Osborne's relationship with women and an in-depth assessment of the maternal roles in the nominated plays.
Mangan, D. (2008). 'I Think my Mother Would Have put me off Women for Life'; John Osborne and the Construction of the Maternal Female in Four of his Plays: Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer, Time Present and The Hotel in Amsterdam.. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/1418