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Voices of Anger and Hope

Studies in the Literature of Labour and Socialism

​H. Gustav Klaus

Available November 2019

Edward Everett Root Publishers Co. Ltd.


About this book

The leading historian in this field here offers a number of specific studies which do much to illuminate the politics, literature and culture of alternative visions.

Contents: Introduction. “Moral Force” and “Physical Force” in the Poetry of Chartism: John Mitchell and David Wright of Aberdeen; Mrs Rochester and Mr Cooper: Alternative Visions of Class, History and Rebellion in the “Hungry Forties”; Voices of Anger and Hope from the 1840s to the 1940s: Hugh Williams, T.E. Nicholas and Idris Davies; Bart Kennedy: Hater of Slavery, Tramp and Professor of Walking; Rebels on the Stage: Turn-of-the-Century Plays by Wilde, Galsworthy, Jones and Lawrence; The Shipbuilders’ Story; Felled Trees – Fallen Soldiers; Individual, Community and Conflict in Scottish Working-Class Fiction, 1920-1940; Genteel Anarchism: Herbert Read’s Poetry of Two Wars; Foregrounding the Kitchen: Everyday Domestic Life in Painting and Drama (with illustrations); Anti-Authoritarianism in the Later Fiction of James Kelman (from ‘To Hell with Culture’: Anarchism and Twentieth-Century British Literature; John Burnside’s Living Nowhere as Industrial Fiction. Index.

About the author

H. Gustav Klaus is Professor of the Literature of the British Isles, Universität Rostock, Germany. He has held visiting posts as visiting Professor, University of Queensland; Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh and visiting Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. His several publications include: The Rise of socialist fiction, 1880-1914 (1987), Factory Girl (1998) and (as co-editor) British Industrial Fiction (2000), James Kelman (2004), To hell with culture: anarchism and twentieth-century British literature (2005).