A History of British Working Class Literature by John Goodridge,Bridget Keegan

By John Goodridge,Bridget Keegan

A background of British Working-Class Literature examines the wealthy contributions of working-class writers in nice Britain from 1700 to the current. because the early eighteenth century the phenomenon of working-class writing has been recognized, yet nearly always co-opted in a few eventually distorting demeanour, no matter if as examples of 'natural genius'; a Victorian self-improvement ethic; or as a facet of the heroic employees of 19th- and twentieth-century radical tradition. the current paintings contrastingly applies a large choice of interpretive ways to this literature. Essays on extra widely used themes, resembling the 'agrarian idyll' of John Clare, are combined with totally new parts within the box like working-class women's 'life-narratives'. This authoritative and finished historical past explores quite a lot of genres reminiscent of shuttle writing, the verse-epistle, the elegy and novels, whereas overlaying points of Welsh, Scottish, Ulster/Irish tradition and transatlantic perspectives.

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