Interwoven Histories: Working Class Literature and Theory

  • Jack Windle


Building on concepts developed in postcolonial, feminist and social theory—and concretely linking them to primary texts—this chapter suggests fresh theoretical approaches to working-class literature that acknowledge and foreground the tensions it embodies between its marginal status and its self-conscious occupation (to use Tony Harrison’s telling phrase) of Literature. Examining in turn the working-class contexts of theory’s arrival in Britain, the interwoven histories of the British working class and (post)colonial peoples and the significance of the body in working-class literature, the chapter makes the case for theoretical approaches that can help to extend and enrich the tradition.


Postcolonialism Feminism Social theory The body 

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  • Jack Windle
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarSheffield & BristolUK

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