Insurgent Narratives: Class Warfare in the Long 20th Century (EAS3192)

30 credits

Following the lead of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels – who in 1848 stipulated that “the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles” – this module explores the literary history of class warfare in the long twentieth century. By reading works from a socially diverse yet consistently militant group of writers, you will be encouraged to think about how literature participates in a fight for the material equality of all. You will also be encouraged to think about the connections between literature and the interdisciplinary fields of political economy, critical geography, and military strategy. Overall, this module invites you to consider the evolution of class warfare in literature as both material praxis and aesthetic category.