Forthcoming Books and Conferences
English & Welsh Diaspora: Regional Cultures, Disparate Voices, Remembered Lives
Loughborough University (13-16 April, 2011)
This looks like a hugely important, interdisciplinary conference. Keynote speakers include John Barrell, Donna Landry, Bridget Keegan and Nick Groom, and Billy Bragg and Hugh Lupton are among the performers.
|10-12 July 2009
John Clare Festival
This year's event features music by Chris Wood and Hugh Lupton.
Burns anniversary to be celebrated in The
A special book-length issue of Glasgow-based magazine The Drouthwill celebrate
the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth in 2009.
The book is titled Fickle Man: Robert Burns in the 21st Century, and
is edited by Johnny Rodger and Gerry Carruthers (editor of the forthcoming
12 volume Oxford University Press Complete Works of Burns). Contributors include
Murray Pittock, Nigel Leask, Tim Burke, and Owen Dudley Edwards. It will be published
in January 2009 by The Drouth in association with Sandstone Press.
Florence Boos’ anthology of Nineteenth-Century
Working-Class Women Poets now published
Broadview Press is publishing Nineteenth-Century Working-Class Women Poets,
edited by Florence Boos – click on the link for full details and the Table
“Though working-class women in the nineteenth century included many accomplished and prolific
poets, their work has often been neglected by critics and readers in favour of comparable work by men.
Questioning the assumption that few poems by working-class women had survived, Florence Boos set out
to discover supposedly lost works in libraries, private collections, and archives. Her years of research
resulted in this anthology. Victorian Working-Class Women Poets in Victorian Britain features
poetry from a variety of women, including an itinerant weaver, a rural midwife, a
factory worker protesting industrialization, and a blind Scottish poet who wrote
in both the Scots dialect and English. In addition to biographical information and
contemporary reviews of the poets’ work, the anthology also includes
several photographs of the poets, their environment, and the journals in which their poems appeared.”
Ashgate announces new book, The
Working-Class Intellectual in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain (2009), ed. by Aruna Krishnamurthy.
“The period that stretches from the middle of the eighteenth century to the
mid-nineteenth century in England has often been examined in terms of the emergence
of the working classes, alongside and in response to the development of the middle-class "public
sphere." This collection of essays, forthcoming in 2009, contributes to that
scholarship by filtering the formation of working-class identity through the rise
of the "working-class intellectual," a unique cultural figure at the crossroads
of two disparate worlds. Double-edged narratives of defiance and deference … can
be traced back to the 1730s, when thresher Stephen Duck made the first bold entry
into the literary marketplace with his "The Thresher's Labour." Other essays
consider a host of familiar figures such as Robert Burns, John Thelwall, Charles
Dickens, Charles Kingsley, Ann Yearsley, and even Shakespeare, all re-evaluated in
terms of their role within a working-class constituency. Further, the collection
breaks fresh ground in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century scholarship by shedding
light on a number of unfamiliar and underrepresented figures, such as Thomas Cooper,
Alexander Somerville, Michael Faraday, and the singer Ned Corvan.”
WCSA Conference theme announced: 'class matters'
The Working Class Studies Association
(WCSA) is pleased to announce that its biennial Conference will
be held at the University of Pittsburgh, June 3 - 6, 2009. Proposals are invited
for presentations, panels, workshops, and performances. Proposals must be received
by January 4, 2009.
The conference theme, Class Matters, is intended to encompass the broad range of
fields of study and forms of work promoted by the WCSA, and proposals may reflect
this diversity. (See below for a listing of topics addressed at previous conferences.) Planners
of the 2009 conference also have a particular interest in topics connected to "place(s)": the
local and global sites and environments of working-class lives and struggles, both
historical and contemporary
About The Working Class Studies Association: The WCSA promotes models of working-class
studies, both inside and outside of the academy, that serve the interests of working-class
people. These include critical discussions of relationships among class,
race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other structures of inequality. WCSA
is a multidisciplinary and international association; its members and conference
participants include economists, sociologists, social workers, documentary filmmakers,
writers, labor educators and cultural workers, as well as historians, teachers and
literary scholars. Web address: www.wcstudies.org.
| May 2008
Publication of British Labouring-Class Nature Poetry by Bridget Keegan
Professor Bridget Keegan (Creighton University, USA) publishes her long awaited monograph on May 22 nd 2008. Titled British Labouring-Class Nature Poetry, and published by Palgrave, it focuses upon how labouring writers represented nature in their poetry and how they adapted and transformed the poetic genres available to them. Looking in turn at their treatment of different ecosystems, including farms, gardens, hills, rivers, seas and wetlands, the book argues that writing about the environment allowed labouring-class poets to explore important social and aesthetic questions. The book examines the works of numerous poets from Stephen Duck, William Falconer and Ann Yearsley in the eighteenth century to Robert Broomfield and John Clare in the nineteenth century. The book expands the canon of British poetry and broadens the scope of environmental literary criticism by exploring the question of how an author's class background affects his or her engagements with the natural world.
| April 2008
Class and the Canon (conference at University of Glasgow)
Class and the Canon: Allusion, Authority and Working-Class Literature, 1780-1900
Saturday April 19, 2008
University of Glasgow, St Andrew’s Building (Faculty of Education), rooms 227A and B, 10am-6pm