Electoral Politics & Working-Class Literature

Sherry Linkon’s essay, “To Really Understand Working-Class Voters, Read These Books,” was published by Moyers & Company.  She argues contemporary working-class writers such as Tawni O’DellPhilipp MeyerStewart O’Nan, and Grady Hendrix delve into aspects of working-class life that are often misunderstood by political pundits and scholars.

Reissue of British female working-class novel

Pamela Fox, Professor of English at Georgetown University and author of Class Fictions: Shame and Resistance in the British Working-Class Novel, 1890-1945 (Duke U.P., 1994) and Natural Acts: Gender, Race, And Rusticity in Country Music (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2009), has written the critical introduction to a reissue of a 1917 novel by British working-class novelist Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. For more information, see the promotional flyer.

New Minor on Labor and Working-Class Studies

A group of faculty at Georgetown University is developing a “Labor and Working-Class Studies” minor in collaboration with Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.  The group is led by sociologist Brian McCabe and by WCSA founders Sherry Linkon, now an English professor at Georgetown, and John Russo, now a visiting researcher at Kalmanovitz.   The minor will be an interdisciplinary course of study drawing on existing Georgetown curricula in the social sciences, English, history, justice and peace studies, international health, and the culture and politics program in the School of Foreign Service.  For more see Georgetown’s student newspaper The Hoya.