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Literature, Class, and Culture, the latest volume in the Literature and Culture Series, a series devoted to presenting thoughtful and diverse approaches to the presenting literature, is a thematic literature anthology that focuses solely on the consideration of class in "class-less" America. Through stories, poems, songs, and essays, these selections from Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Woody Guthrie, Toni Cade Bambara, Sholem Asch, Dorothy Allison, and others provoke readers to examine their own economic, political, and psychological circumstances. For anyone interested in the connection between literature, class, and culture.
Contents by Genre.
A Note on Organization.
I. Bread, Land, and Station: Work and Class.
Sarah Cleghorn, The Golf Links.
Anonymous, The Factory Girl.
Anonymous, The Farmer is the Man.
James Curry, Speech Of January, 1840.
Israel Campbell, from Bond and Free.
Herman Melville, The Tartarus of Maids.
Joe Hill, Casey Jones (song).
Boxcar Bertha, from Boxcar Bertha, An Autobiography.
Carl Sandburg, Work Gangs.
Elizabeth Bishop, Filling Station.
Pietro di Donato, from Christ in Concrete.
Merle Travis, Sixteen Tons.
Deborah Boe, Factory Work.
Lloyd Zimpel, Sand.
Jack London, The Apostate.
Woody Guthrie, Hard Travelin'.
Albert Maltz, The Happiest Man on Earth.
Tillie Olsen, from Yonnondio.
Harvey Swados, On the Line,.
Patricia Dobler, Field Trip to the Rolling Mill, 1950.
Jeanne Bryner, For Maude Callen: Nurse, Midwife, Pineville, NC, 1951.
Jay Parini, Playing in the Mines.
Gwendolyn Brooks, Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hat.
Dolly Parton, Nine to Five.
Judy Grahn, Ella, in a Square Apron, along Highway 80.
John Gilgun, Counting Tips.
Elinor Langer, from Inside the New York Telephone Company.
Paula Gunn Allen, Womanwork.
Susan Eisenberg, Hanging In Solo.
Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit.
Jimmy Santiago Baca, So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans.
Gary Soto, Field Poem, History.
Gish Jen, His Own Society.
Tato Laviera, Latero Story.
Peggy Gifford, The First Transplant.
Barbara Garson, McDonalds—We Do It All For You.
Kristin Kovacic, 'Proud to Work for the University'.
Junot Díaz, Edison, New Jersey.
II. Clothes Make the Woman: The Social Dimensions of Class.
Carolyn Steedman, from Landscape for a Good Woman.
Agnes Smedley, from Daughter of Earth.
Caroline Stansbury Kirkland from A New Home—Who'll Follow?
Louisa May Alcott, Actress,.
Hamlin Garland, Up the Coulé.
Anonymous, The Housekeeper's Lament.
Mary Wilkins Freeman, A Mistaken Charity.
Sarah Orne Jewett, The Best China Saucer.
Jack London, South of the Slot.
James Oppenheim, Bread and Roses.
Anzia Yezierska, Soap and Water.
Robert Frost, The Ax-Helve.
Edith Summers Kelley, from Weeds.
David Budbill, Bobbie,.
Edith Wharton, from The House of Mirth.
William Carlos Williams, To Elsie.
Kenneth Fearing, Dirge.
Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing.
Ernesto Galarza, from Barrio Boy.
Mary McCarthy, from The Group.
John Cheever, The Children.
Carolyn Forché, As Children Together,.
Tess Gallagher, 3 a.m. Kitchen: My Father Talking.
David Citino, Visiting My Father in Florida.
Jim Daniels, Digger Goes on Vacation.
Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson.
Lynda Glennon, Yale: Reflections on Class in New Haven.
Gloria Naylor, Kiswana Browne.
Robert Coles, Money and Luck.
Dorothy Allison, Mama.
Kristin Hunter, Mom Luby and the Social Worker.
Ntozake Shange, from Betsey Brown.
Garrett Hongo, Off From Swing Shift.
Bruce Springsteen, Galveston Bay.
Philip Levine, You Can Have It.
Wakako Yamauchi, Maybe.
Charley King, Our Life Is More Than Our Work.
Bruce Springsteen, My Hometown.
Patricia Dobler, Consumers, 1965.
Lawrence Kearney, K Mart.
Janis Joplin, Mercedes Benz.
Christian McEwen, Growing Up Upper Class.
Richard Todd, Who Me, Rich?
Gregory Mantsios, Rewards and Opportunities: The Politics and Economics of Class in the U.S. (essay with tables).
Elizabeth Faue, What Working Class Is About.
III. "Between the Workers and the Owners": Class Conflict.
Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills.
Andrew Carnegie, from The Gospel of Wealth.
Jack London, How I Became a Socialist.
Edwin Markham, The Man With the Hoe.
Joe Hill, The Preacher and the Slave.
Ralph Chaplin, Solidarity Forever.
Mary Harris Mother Jones, from The Autobiography of Mother Jones.
William Richard Hereford, Welfare Song.
Sholem Asch, Triangle Fire.
John Reed, War in Paterson.
Mike Gold, from Jews Without Money.
Tillie Olsen, I Want You Women Up North to Know.
William Faulkner, Barn Burning.
Carolina Pearl, from Southern Bitch.
Florence Reece, Which Side Are You On?.
Kenneth Patchen, The Orange Bears.
Mary Fell, Picket Line in Autumn.
Alice Childress, In the Laundry Room.
Steve Turner, from Night Shift in a Pickle Factory.
Theodore Roethke, Pickle Belt.
Alice Wirth Gray, He Was When He Died.
Bob Dylan, I Ain't Gonna Work on Maggie's Farm.
Susan Eisenberg, Subway Conversations.
David Ignatow, The Boss.
Ysaye Barnwell, More Than a Paycheck.
Sue Doro, Subject to Change.
Ed Ochester, The World We Dreamed Of.
Billy Joel, Allentown.
Michael Winerip, The Blue-Collar Millionaire.
Jim Gogolak, Inland and the Titanic: A Comparison.
IV. Classic or Classy: Art and Class.
Matthew Arnold, from Culture and Anarchy.
Raymond Williams, from Culture and Society: 1780-1950.
Emily Dickinson, Publication—is the Auction.
Willa Cather, A Wagner Matinee.
Mike Gold, The Password to Thought—to Culture.
Langston Hughes, Johannesburg Mines
Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues.
Sterling Brown, Ma Rainey.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.
Meridel LeSueur, I Was Marching.
Mao Tse-tung, from Talks at the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature.
Harold Rome, Sing Me a Song of Social Significance.
Carlos Bulosan, The Americano From Luzon.
Rube Goldberg, Art for Heart's Sake.
Maggie Anderson, Mining Camp Residents, West Virginia, July, 1935.
Frank O'Hara, Why I Am Not a Painter.
Kate Daniels, Self-Portrait With Politics.
Todd Jailer, The Aesthetics of Line Work.
Robert Louthan, Heavy Machinery.
Tom Wayman, The Country of Everyday: Literary Criticism.
Helena Maria Viramontes, Miss Clairol.
Sue Doro, The Cultural Worker.
Michael L. Johnson, Cowboy Poem.
Jim Daniels, May's Poem.
Elmo Mondragon, Why I Am a Poet.
Appendix: Writing About Literature and Culture.
For Further Study.
Index of Authors and Titles.