116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Labor and Literature

Session Chair: 
Leslie Lopez, "University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu, Center for Labor Education and Research"
Session 8: Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 154


  1. Melissa Macero, University of Illinois-Chicago
    This paper analyzes the aesthetics of proletarian literature through a juxtaposition of Jack Conroy’s The Disinherited and William Faulkner’s Pylon and, more specifically, argues that Conroy’s novel can be read as a literary precursor to the notion of the precariat and as such undermines its own commitment to the concept of the proletariat.
  2. Emily Rich, University of California at Davis
    In this presentation, I analyze working-class representations of mechanized labor and its relationship to culture immediately pre- and post-war. Focusing on the works of Jack Hilton (1900-1982) and Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010), I explore the diverse ways that workers responded to changes in workplace technology.
  3. Eun-joo Lee, University of California - Riverside
    This essay is a non-Western theoretical attempt to critique Peter Abrahams's Mine Boy, the very first Black South African Marxist novel, based on African philosopher Kwasi Wiredu’s discussion on the act of translation. The aim of this essay is to localize a Western-centered tradition of Marxist literary criticism, thereby revealing diverse traditions of Marxist literary criticisms.
Session Cancelled: