AbstractThe working-class writer, having moved into a middle-class dominated field, often feels alienated from their old and new cultures ‐ separated as they are from their heritage and not quite grounded in the new elite circle. The markers of working-class culture are much harder to define in our hyper-modern situation, and this exacerbates the alienation. This position opens up possibilities in perception and expression from those in the margins and off-kilter positions. Tracing the multivoiced qualities of Tony Harrison’s ‘V’ and R. M. Francis’s poetics, alongside biographical and autobiographical details, this hybrid article argues that off-kilter and outcast voices, like those in the aforementioned class liminality, are in the best place to explore and discuss the difficult to navigate cultures, communities and identities. This fusion of personal essay, poetry and literary criticism considers the unusual, marginal and liminal positioning of working-class writers, researchers and academics.
CitationFrancis, R.M. (2022) Them and uz: Harrison and me. Journal of Class & Culture, 1(1), pp. 13-30.
JournalJournal of Class & Culture
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Intellect in Journal of Class & Culture in December 2021, available online: https://doi.org/10.1386/jclc_00002_1 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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