What Ever Happened to the Working Class?

Rediscovering Class Consciousness in Contemporary Literature

Thursday, 17 September 2015, Court Room, Senate House

Between Ed Miliband’s squeezed middle and tabloid diatribes against the underclass, the working class has seemingly disappeared from critical discourse in literary and cultural studies. Nevertheless issues of class, class consciousness, classlessness, and new configurations of class such as new affluent workers, the emergent service sector, and theprecariat continue to form a rich source for novelists, poets and dramatists.This interdisciplinary and international conference aims to bring togetherresearchers and academics working in the fields of the literature and culture ofthe working class.

Keynote Speaker: Ian Haywood (Roehampton)

The conference organizers are Dr Nick Bentley and Dr Beth Johnson at Keele University.

REGISTRATION

  • Standard fee: £25;
  • Speakers/students/IES members concessionary fee: £20

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