115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Labor and Literature

Session Chair: 
Leslie Lopez, "University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu, Center for Labor Education and Research"
Session 2: Friday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 225


  1. Townsend Scholz, "Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles"
    This paper asks readers of Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills to reconsider the critical potential of the novella’s protagonist, Hugh Wolfe. While many have argued that Hugh, a product of the industrial order, is incapable of legitimate resistance, I contend that Hugh’s artistic and rhetorical response to the oppression of the immigrant working class represents a self-conscious criticism of the class system and a step in the assent to collective class consciousness.
  2. Ted Geier, University of California, Davis
    "Anthrocity" denotes a static cultural ecology of constant activity in the "Anthropocene" human-geologic scale. Anthrocity is the holistic neoliberal condition, economizing life and sedimenting the half-lives of humanity. Its "work-arounds"—pragmatic, practical solutions—cannot undo the work that led the world to this. Which works refuse anthrocity's interminable diagnostic work?
Session Cancelled: