American Working-Class Literature

American Working-Class Literature : An Anthology

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American Working-Class Literature is an edited collection containing over 300 pieces of literature by, about, and in the interests of the working class in America. Organized in a broadly historical fashion, with texts and grouped around key historical and cultural developments in working-class life, this volume records the literature of the working classes from the early laborers of the 1600 up until the present. Though diverse genres including fiction, poetry, letter, and song, this unique volume demonstrates the diverse voices of America's working-class population but also their potential solidarity across the many differences of identity and location. Introductions for each of the seven sections and brief essays preceding each selection provide information about the author's life and writing, and accounts of the contexts - historical, artistic, political - in which that text was more

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  • Paperback | 960 pages
  • 164 x 230 x 32mm | 1,120.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 17 halftones, 14 line illus.
  • 0195144562
  • 9780195144567
  • 1,445,522

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"One cannot overstate the need for this book. Instructors with any interest in socioeconomic issues in literature owe a debt of gratitude to professors Coles and Zandy. Until this book, there has not been a resource text for courses in working-class studies or in American Studies from a labor-literary perspective."--Laura Hapke, New York City College of Technology"This is a long-overdue textbook. Attention to matters of class and labor, to working class studies, has been a subject of serious interest in American literature for the last three decades, but it remains an underrepresented field at the level of scholarship and teaching apparatuses. This volume is an important step toward addressing that lack."--Michael Elliott, Emory Universityshow more

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