Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker - The American Literatures Initiative (Paperback)
  • Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker - The American Literatures Initiative (Paperback)
zoom

Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker - The American Literatures Initiative (Paperback)

(author)
£23.95
Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/11/2011
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
William Scott's Troublemakers explores how a major change in the nature and forms of working-class power affected novels about U.S. industrial workers in the first half of the twentieth century. With the rise of mechanization and assembly-line labor from the 1890s to the 1930s, these laborers found that they had been transformed into a class of "mass" workers who, since that time, have been seen alternately as powerless, degraded victims or heroic, empowered icons who could rise above their oppression only through the help of representative organizations located outside the workplace. Analyzing portrayals of workers in such novels as Upton Sinclair's The Jungle , Ruth McKenney's Industrial Valley , and Jack London's The Iron Heel, William Scott moves beyond narrow depictions of these laborers to show their ability to resist exploitation through their direct actions-sit-down strikes, sabotage, and other spontaneous acts of rank-and-file "troublemaking" on the job-often carried out independently of union leadership. The novel of the mass industrial worker invites us to rethink our understanding of modern forms of representation through its attempts to imagine and depict workers' agency in an environment where it appears to be completely suppressed.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813551906
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 479 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Troublemakers is an entirely commanding and engrossing study of the new forms of workers' control and representation that modern mass-industrial work made available--rich and strange in archive, theoretically fresh and creative, historically acute."--Eric Lott "University of Virginia "
"Troublemakers is an original take that provides eyeopening insights about different ways acts of resistance by the mass worker, including a refusal to work, may be represented. Scott has added a polished contribution to the list of essential interpretations in the field."

--American Literature


"William Scott's Troublemakers, though in part a work of literary criticism, in fact offers fascinating insight into the modes of resistance adopted by the mass industrial worker in America between the 1890s and the 1930s."
--Labor Studies Journal
"Troublemakers offers fascinating insight into the modes of resistance adopted by the mass industrial worker in America between the 1890s and the 1930s."--Labor Studies Journal

You may also be interested in...

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Added to basket
A Tale Of Love And Darkness
Added to basket
How to Live
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Flatland
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Pincher Martin
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Wide Sargasso Sea
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
A Moveable Feast
Added to basket
Ulysses
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Daphne Du Maurier
Added to basket
The Return of the Native
Added to basket
Jane Austen
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Dream Story
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Speak, Memory
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Why Orwell Matters
Added to basket
Walden
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Darkness Visible
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.