Modernism And The Practice Of Proletarian Literature
By Simon Cooper


This book tests critical reassessments folks radical writing of the 1930s against recent developments in theories of modernism and therefore the avant-garde. Multidisciplinary in approach, it considers poetry, fiction, serious music, art, jazz, and popular contests (such as dance marathons and bingo). Relating close readings to social and economic contexts over the amount 1856–1952, it centers in on a key author or text in each chapter, providing an unfolding, chronological narrative, while at an equivalent time offering nuanced updates on existing debates. Part One focuses on the roots of the 1930s proletarian movement in poetry and music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Part Two analyzes the output of proletarian novelists, considered alongside contemporaneous works by established modernist authors also as more mainstream, popular titles.

About the Author

Simon Cooper may be a senior lecturer in further education. After leaving university, he worked as a contract writer, publishing in titles including the large Issue. He has worked on community access to education courses and he was acted as secretary of a housing co-operative within the North East of England .