Working Class Writing
The literary canon has come under much interrogation in recent years.
Who creates the canon? What makes ‘classic’ literature? Why and how have women and those of different ethnicities been excluded?
This module examines another group who have been similarly excluded from the canon: the working class.
The module introduces students to writings which foreground working-class voices and asks how working-class experiences shape literary texts.
It examines the reasons behind the paucity of material and hopes to introduce you to a wider variety of texts.
This module can be studied as part of the Inside Narratives Pathway but you are very welcome to study the module on a standalone basis.
Dysgu ac addysgu
The module will be delivered through 10 two-hour sessions, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work and debates. Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to you via Learning Central.
Topics will include
- Agricultural landscapes: selection of eighteenth-century working-class poets
- Industrial Revolution: Mary Barton, selection of nineteenth-century life narratives
- Nationality: Feet in Chains
- Immigration and class: The Lonely Londoners
- Gender and sexuality: Taste of Honey
- Post-industrial landscapes: Ironopolis
- Poverty and belonging: Lowborn and Common People
Gwaith cwrs ac asesu
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
You will produce a portfolio of writing of around 1600 words.
Deunydd darllen awgrymedig
- Brown, Glen James, Ironopolis. Cardigan: Parthian, 2018
- Delaney, Shelagh, Taste of Honey. (1958) London: Methuen, 2014
- De Waal, Kit (ed), Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers (Unbound, 2019)
- Gaskell, Elizabeth, Mary Barton. (1848) Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1996
- Hudson, Kerry, Lowborn. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2019
- Roberts, Kate, Feet in Chains. (1936) Cardigan: Parthian, 2012
- Selvon, Sam, The Lonely Londoners. (1956) Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2006
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