New book from Stockholm University Press: Unique Edited Collection on Working-Class Literature(s) from a Global and Comparative Perspective

Working-Class Literature(s): Historical and International Perspectives, by John Lennon and Magnus Nilsson (eds.)

The aim of this collection is to make possible the forging of a more robust, politically useful, and theoretically elaborate understanding of working-class literature(s).

These essays map a substantial terrain: the history of working-class literature(s) in Russia/The Soviet Union, The USA, Finland, Sweden, The UK, and Mexico. Together they give a complex and comparative – albeit far from comprehensive – picture of working-class literature(s) from an international perspective, without losing sight of national specificities.

No such book exists. International/interregional comparisons are rare in the study of working-class literature. Most research adopts a narrow national perspective. Research on the history of working-class literature is outdated, and it is often not published in English.

By capturing a wide range of definitions and literatures, this collection gives a broad and rich picture of the many-facetted phenomenon of working-class literature(s).

The book primarily falls into the discipline of comparative literature. It is also relevant within the disciplines of working-class and labor studies as well ass the national literatures covered in the book.

If read as stand-alone chapters, each contribution gives an overview of the history and research of a particular nation’s working-class literature. If read as an edited collection, they contribute toward a more complex understanding of the global phenomenon of working-class literature(s).

The editors of the book

John Lennon is an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida, US, and Magnus Nilsson is Professor of Comparative Literature at Malmö University, Sweden. Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics

This book constitutes is the second volume of Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics (SiCA) which is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.

How to access this book

At the Stockholm University Press website you can download Working-Class Literature(s): Historical and International Perspectives as an ePub or pdf-file that allows you to read the book online or access it on multiple devices. You may also also order a print copy of the book through the website.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press

Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination, so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.


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