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Working-Class Writing

Theory and Practice

Editors: Clarke, Ben, Hubble, Nick (Eds.)

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  • There has been a significant rise in interest in working-class fiction over the last decade but most of the key critical works on the topic date from the late 1980s to mid-1990s - this collection rethinks issues relating to working class fiction and the critical work relating to it
  • Examines a broad range of writers, from Woolf to Orwell
  • Argues for a heterogeneous model of the working class that functions as a strategic rather than a descriptive term and is always mobilised within particular historical contexts
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This book updates our understanding of working-class fiction by focusing on its continued relevance to the social and intellectual contexts of the age of Trump and Brexit. The volume draws together new and established scholars in the field, whose intersectional analyses use postcolonial and feminist ideas, amongst others, to explore key theoretical approaches to working-class writing and discuss works by a range of authors, including Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, Jack Hilton, Mulk Raj Anand, Simon Blumenfeld, Pat Barker, Gordon Burn, and Zadie Smith. A key informing argument is not only that working-class writing shows ‘working class’ to be a diverse and dynamic rather than monolithic category, but also that a greater critical attention to class, and the working class in particular, extends both the methods and objects of literary studies. This collection will appeal to students, scholars and academics interested in working-class writing and the need to diversify the curriculum.


About the authors

Ben Clarke is Associate Professor of Post-1900 British Literature at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA. He is author of Orwell in Context (2007) and co-author of Understanding Richard Hoggart (2011). He has published on subjects including public house and mining communities, and authors including Jack Hilton, H. G. Wells, Edward Upward, and Virginia Woolf.

Nick Hubble is Reader in English at Brunel University London, UK and the author of Mass Observation and Everyday Life (2006) and The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question (2017).

 

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-14

    Clarke, Ben (et al.)

  • Working-Class Writing and Experimentation

    Pages 17-39

    Clarke, Ben

  • Interwoven Histories: Working Class Literature and Theory

    Pages 41-60

    Windle, Jack

  • Meaning It: Everyday Hermeneutics and the Language of Class in Literary Scholarship

    Pages 61-80

    Falke, Cassandra

  • Kings in Disguise and ‘Pure Ellen Kellond’: Literary Social Passing in the Early Twentieth Century

    Pages 81-98

    Seaber, Luke

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Working-Class Writing
Book Subtitle
Theory and Practice
Editors
  • Ben Clarke
  • Nick Hubble
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96310-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96310-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96309-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 298
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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