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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class

Edited By

Gloria McMillan

ISBN 9780367442118
Published September 2, 2021 by Routledge
472 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class offers a comprehensive and fresh assessment of the cultural impact of class in literature, analyzing various innovative, interdisciplinary approaches of textual analysis and intersections of literature, including class subjectivities, mental health, gender and queer studies, critical race theory, quantitative and scientific methods, and transnational perspectives in literary analysis.

Utilizing these new methods and interdisciplinary maps from field-defining essayists, students will become aware of ways to bring these elusive texts into their own writing as one of the parallel perspectives through which to view literature. This volume will provide students with an insight into the history of the intersections of class, theory of class and invisibility in literature, and new trends in exploring class in literature. These multidimensional approaches to literature will be a crucial resource for undergraduate and graduate students becoming familiar with class analysis, and will offer seasoned scholars the most significant critical approaches in class studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction to The Routledge Literature and Class Companion

Part I: History of the Intersections of Class

Intersections of Class, Race, and Gender in Australian Indigenous Literature

Sarah Attfield

Class Shifts in Yuan Dynasty China

Kacey Evilsizor

Victorian Socialist Obituaries and the Politics of Cross-Class Community

Ingrid Hanson

Social Class and Devastated Land in Yang Dantao's Science Fiction

Hua Li

New York Literature and Social Space: The Tenement and the Street

Adam R. McKee

Elena Ferrante's Fiction of Problematized Providing and Protecting

Cristina Migliaccio

Dickens and Society: Can Dickens’s "Uppers" Change Their Minds?

Peter J. Ponzio

Songs of Synthesis: Poetics of Working-Class Revolt

Zara Richter

The Urban Spatiality of Street Literature

Mattius Rischard

Allegories of Proletarian Literature: Boyden, Bontemps, and Halper in the Depression Era

William Solomon

Angry Young Men and The Loss of Empire

Stanley Wilkin


Part II: Class in Literature: Intermittently (In)visible  

Race and Class as Catalysts for Obscuring a Novel

Aaron Barlow

Productive Disruption in the Working-Class Poetry of Jan Beatty, Sandra Cisneros, and Wanda Coleman

Carrie Conners

Rhetorical Voice and Class in Adichie's "Subaltern" Fiction 

Kristy Liles Crawley

Dickens's Fairness in Describing Italian Complexity

Germana Cubeta

The British Working-Class Bildungsroman during the Great Depression

Charles Ferrall

Enunciations and Avoidances of Capital and Class in the Evolution of Irish Theatre

Eamonn Jordan

Class and Upper-Middle-Class Consciousness in Katherine Mansfield’s Stories

Peter R. Kuch

Writing Working-Class Irish Mothers

Heather Laird

Social Class and Mental Health in Contemporary British Fiction

Simon Lee

Penny Fiction and Chartism: A Literature's Exclusion from the Canon

Rebecca Nesvet

Abject Capitalism as the Sight and Dead Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Novels

Matthew L. Reznicek

Part III: New Multifactor Trends in Literature Theory

Ta-Nehisi Coates Demystifies American Class and Race Mythology

Marleen S. Barr

Desiring Weird Bodies: Class Subjectivities in Hardy, Wilde, and Woolf

Rebecca W. Boylan

Oral Storytelling as a Transnational Aesthetic in the Industrial Novel

Erin Cheslow

Class, Race, and Social Stratification in British Theatre Between 1950s and 2000s

Önder Ḉakirtaş

Pecuniary Emulation, Anomie, and the Alleged Metropolitan Conversion of Sister Carrie

Wendy Graham

Power and the Dialectics of Twentieth Century Science Fiction

Christopher Loughlin  

The Strange Case of Dystopian Fiction

Patricia McManus

On Capital and Class with Balzac, James, and Fitzgerald

Erik S. Roraback

Darwinian Ideas and Marxian Idealism in Austen, Twain, Yeats, Camus, and Ishiguro

Nancy Ann Watanabe

The "Metaholon" Method for Class-Based Literature Analysis

Agnieszka M. Will


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Gloria McMillan is Research Associate in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation won the Florence Hemley Schneider Prize in Women’s Studies. She has taught college writing for over 27 years, has a number of produced plays (Universe Symphony, Pass the Ectoplasm), and has published a novel (The Blue Maroon Murder) and journal articles. She edited the multi-disciplinary essay collection Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars (2012).