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What We Hold In Common: Exploring Women's Lives & Working Class Studies / Edition 1
     

What We Hold In Common: Exploring Women's Lives & Working Class Studies / Edition 1

by Janet Zandy
 

ISBN-10: 1558612599

ISBN-13: 9781558612594

Pub. Date: 04/01/2001

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The

"Let us imagine what it would be like," writes Janet Zandy at the outset of this ground-breaking volume, "if the history and culture of working-class people were at the center of educational practices. What would students learn?" Among other things, she suggests, "they would understand that culture is created by individuals within social contexts and that they

Overview

"Let us imagine what it would be like," writes Janet Zandy at the outset of this ground-breaking volume, "if the history and culture of working-class people were at the center of educational practices. What would students learn?" Among other things, she suggests, "they would understand that culture is created by individuals within social contexts and that they themselves could produce it as well as consume it."

Working-class history and literature have too often been ignored in traditional curricula, remain invisible in most texts, and are unavailable to students and teachers. Essential reading for all interested in the rapidly growing field of working-class studies, What We Hold in Common offers a distinct combination of primary voices, critical essays, and resources for curriculum transformation. It deepens the understanding of working-class literature, history, culture, and artistic production, while attending to the material conditions of working-class peoples' lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558612594
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsviii
Preface to the New Editionix
Introductionxiii
Working-Class Voices
School Clothes3
Go See Jack London7
Stories from a Working-Class Childhood10
"Proud to Work for the University"12
Ruth in August17
Death Mask24
For Giacomo26
El olor de cansansio (The Smell of Fatigue)27
The Pawnbroker's Window30
Praise the Waitresses32
Faces in the Hands34
Recovering Working-Class Autobiography and Oral History
'We Did Change Some Attitudes': Maida Springer-Kemp and the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union47
Autobiography and Reconstructing Subjectivity at the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, 1921-193871
Working Class Consciousness in Jo Sinclair's The Seasons96
The Writing on the Wall, Or Where Did That Dead Head Come From?101
Autobiographies by American Working-Class Women: A Bibliography112
Practicing Working-Class Studies
Reclaiming Our Working-Class Identities: Teaching Working-Class Studies in a Blue-Collar Community (with syllabi)123
A Wealth of Possibilities: Workers, Texts, and the English Department132
A Community of Workers (photos and text)142
'Women Have Always Sewed': The Production of Clothing and the Work of Women148
The Fire Poems154
Introduction
Sisters in the Flames
Rituals of spring (for the 78th anniversary of the shirtwaist factory fire)
Working-Class Texts and Theory
Readerly/Writerly Relations and Social Change: The Maimie Papers as Literature165
Between Theories and Anti-Theories: Moving Toward Marginal Women's Subjectivities182
'People Who Might Have Been You': Agency and the Damaged Self in Tillie Olsen's Yonnondio199
Industrial Music: Contemporary American Working-Class Poetry and Modernism207
U.S. Working-Class Women's Fiction: Notes Toward an Overview223
New Initiatives, Syllabi, and Resources
Traveling Working Class241
Building a Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University253
The Rochester Education Alliance of Labor Work-Based Curriculum Project258
Honor Thy Students: The Power of Writing265
Mining Class: A Bibliographic Essay269
Working, Buying, and Becoming: Race, Labor, and the High Life, from the Plantation to the Internet (syllabus)275
Working-Class Studies and the Question of Proletarian Literature in the United States: A Graduate Seminar in American Literature (syllabus)283
Women and Work in U.S. History (syllabus)285
Poor in America (syllabus)290
American Capitalism (syllabus)294
Who Does the Work? A One-Day Introduction to American Working-Class Literature (syllabus)298
Working-Class Literature and Film (syllabus with student writing)301
Labor Documentaries: A Filmography311
American Working-Class Literature: A Selected Bibliography315
Biographical Notes327
Publication Acknowledgments335

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