onsdag 13 december 2017

Ny bok om arbetarlitteraturer

Tillsammans med min gode vän och kollega John Lennon har jag redigerat en bok om arbetarlitteraturer i olika länder. I sex kapitel beskrivs arbetarlitteraturens historia i Ryssland/Sovjetunionen, USA, Finland, Sverige, Mexico och Storbritannien (jag har skrivit kapitlet om Sverige). I efterordet diskuteras dessutom teoretiska och politiska frågor som aktualiseras i de olika kapitlen, eller när man jämför dem. Boken är på engelska och kan laddas ned gratis på förlagets hemsida. Där kan man också beställa en fysisk bok.
Baksidestexten lyder såhär:
The aim of this collection is to make possible the forging of a more robust, politically useful, and theoretically elaborate understanding of working-class literature(s).
These essays map a substantial terrain: the history of working-class literature(s) in Russia/The Soviet Union, The USA, Finland, Sweden, The UK, and Mexico. Together they give a complex and comparative – albeit far from comprehensive – picture of working-class literature(s) from an international perspective, without losing sight of national specificities.
By capturing a wide range of definitions and literatures, this collection gives a broad and rich picture of the many-facetted phenomenon of working-class literature(s), disrupts narrow understandings of the concept and phenomenon, as well as identifies and discusses some of the most important theoretical and historical questions brought to the fore by the study of this literature.
If read as stand-alone chapters, each contribution gives an overview of the history and research of a particular nation’s working-class literature. If read as an edited collection (which we hope you do), they contribute toward a more complex understanding of the global phenomenon of working-class literature(s).

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