Where have all the angry young men gone?
Where have all the angry young men gone? marks an important era in the history of British literature and Northern culture. Inspiration is drawn from the collectively known "angry young men" set of writers and playwrights from the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Their work was unique in shining a light on working class life in the North. It was gritty, "kitchen sink" social realism.
Artist plays novelist. Looking at its tradition and comparing its current impact, Flanagan imagines himself as an "angry young" writer in a contemporary sense. He considers the voice of social realism and its importance in taking the ruling order to task. His triptych reflects on the changes between post-war and modern-day portrayal of the working classes, where positive representation has given way to vilification.