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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class

Edited By Gloria McMillan Copyright 2022
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    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.

    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



    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).