Critical Approaches to American Working-Class Literature (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature #20) (Hardcover)

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By Michelle Tokarczyk (Editor)
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Description


This book is one of the first collections on a neglected field in American literature: that written by and about the working-class. Examining literature from the 1850s to the present, contributors use a wide variety of critical approaches, expanding readers' understanding of the critical lenses that can be applied to working-class literature. Drawing upon theories of media studies, postcolonial studies, cultural geography, and masculinity studies, the essays consider slave narratives, contemporary poetry and fiction, Depression-era newspaper plays, and ethnic American literature. Depicting the ways that working-class writers render the lives, the volume explores the question of what difference class makes, and how it intersects with gender, race, ethnicity, and geographical location.

About the Author


Michelle M. Tokarczyk is a professor of English at Goucher College with publications in working-class studies and contemporary literature. Publications include Class Definitions: On the Lives and Writings of Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, and Dorothy Allison, the co-edited Working-Class Women in the Academy, and The House I'm Running From: Poems .


Product Details
ISBN: 9780415885461
ISBN-10: 0415885469
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 25th, 2011
Pages: 266
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature