Class : Culture (Series)

Class : Culture is designed to lend energy and direction to the growing body of work addressing the impact of class on the framing and formation of U.S. and global culture. It takes its impetus from the urgent attention, within the American academy and outside it, to ever-increasing disparities of wealth and their cultural effects in what has been called the new Gilded Age.
Class : Culture seeks books that offer new paradigms for considering what class is and how class "works" in U.S. culture. The series foregrounds work that advances our understanding of class differences, the lived experience of class, and especially, the inscription of these in the arts and letters, their ramifications in visual and social history, and their structuring of political economy across time and region.

Series Editors
Amy Schrager Lang, Professor Emerita, Syracuse University
Bill V. Mullen, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University

Series Editorial Board
Nicholas Bromell
Nan Enstad
Amy Gluckman
Leslie Harris
Cora Kaplan
Louis Mendoza
Jonathan Prude
Steven Ross
Cecelia Tichi
Alan Wald
Lisa Yun
Janet Zandy

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Living Labor

Fiction, Film, and Precarious Work

Examines new narratives about work and workers in the age of transnational migration and precarious labor


The General Motors Strike of 1936-1937

With a New Foreword by Kim Moody

Studies the most significant American labor conflict of the 20th century

Strike for the Common Good

Fighting for the Future of Public Education

Teachers, students, parents, and scholars collectively tell the story of the current wave of teachers’ strikes in the U.S.

Clothed in Meaning

Literature, Labor, and Cotton in Nineteenth-Century America

Textured readings of the literary expression of workers in the era of big cotton

Of Vagabonds and Fellow Travelers

African Diaspora Literary Culture and the Cultural Cold War

Yields new insights by connecting Cold War counter-hegemonic writings in English and French by intellectuals of the African diaspora

Dirty Work

Domestic Service in Progressive-Era Women’s Fiction

What representations of domestic service in literature reveal about various Progressive Era cultural narratives

Dialectical Imaginaries

Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism

Gathers materialist readings that provide productive new insights on Latino/a literature in the neoliberal era

The Half-Life of Deindustrialization

Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring

Examines how contemporary American working- class literature reveals the long- term effects of deindustrialization on individuals and communities

Middle Class Union

Organizing the ‘Consuming Public’ in Post-World War I America

Examines the birth of the American middle class as white-collar workers used their growing consumer identity to organize politically

The Poverty Law Canon

Exploring the Major Cases

Engaging narratives that move beyond the final opinions of the Supreme Court to reveal the people and stories behind key poverty-law cases of the last 50 years

Dreams for Dead Bodies

Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction

Explores U.S. detective fiction's deep engagement with the shifting dynamics of race and labor in America

Anti-Imperialist Modernism

Race and Transnational Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War

A unique excavation of how U.S. cross-border, anti-imperialist movements shaped cultural modernism

Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties

Notes on the Civil Rights Movement, Neoliberalism, and Politics

A spirited argument for moving beyond the legacy of the Civil Rights era to best understand the current situation of African Americans

Dividing Lines

Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction

Provides fresh insights on the intersection of race and class in black fiction from the 1880s to 1900s

The Wire

Race, Class, and Genre

Wide-ranging perspectives on "the best dramatic series ever created"

American Socialist Triptych

The Literary-Political Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Upton Sinclair, and W. E. B. Du Bois

A closer look at three American writers sheds new light on the evolution of socialist thought in the U.S.

Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys

Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry

A new reading of 20th-century poets and their subject matter sheds new light on the development of American literary modernism

Michael Moore

Filmmaker, Newsmaker, Cultural Icon

Indispensable perspectives on America's top documentary filmmaker and political commentator

Grassroots at the Gateway

Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75

Offers a new conceptualization of black workingclass participation in the civil rights movement

Commerce in Color

Race, Consumer Culture, and American Literature, 1893-1933

Examines the critical role that race played in the birth of U.S. consumer culture 

Vanishing Moments

Class and American Literature

Explores how the effects of class permeated American culture in nearly a century of literary writing

Transcribing Class and Gender

Masculinity and Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Courts and Offices

Examines the historical roots of clerical work and the role that class and gender played in determining professional status

An Angle of Vision

Women Writers on Their Poor and Working-Class Roots

Uncommon perspectives by prominent women writers on class, money, family, and home

Natural Acts

Gender, Race, and Rusticity in Country Music

Hillbilly, honky-tonk, Nashville glitz, or what makes music authentically country?

Moisture of the Earth

Mary Robinson, Civil Rights and Textile Union Activist

A voice from the margins that refuses to be silenced