CFP: [18th] ASECS––Portland, OR 3/27–3/30/2008––"WORKING CLASS INTELLECTUAL" IN THE EIGH

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Aruna Krishnamurthy
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This panel will explore the formation of the “working-class intellectual”
in eighteenth century Britain. While Jurgen Habermas famously credits the
eighteenth century with the formation of the bourgeois public sphere,
historians such as E. P. Thompson have focused on a parallel tradition of a
plebeian public sphere that emerged alongside and in response to the
development of middle-class identity. The seminar welcomes submissions that
examine the relationship between these two legacies of the eighteenth
century through the figure of the working-class intellectualâ€"men and women
such as Stephen Duck, Ann Yearsley, and John Thelwall, who hailed from
underprivileged classes and sought to articulate their aspirations and
dissatisfactions within the intellectual sphere of the “long” eighteenth

Papers will be selected along the following lines-1. They will strictly
deal with the life and writings of working class men and women (rather than
middle class representations of the working classes). 2. Without
presupposing any one narrow framework of analysis, the seminar will look
for the ways in which the working-class intellectual creates his/her
identity by negotiating the experience of class realities and the encoding
of that reality within the dominant/available idioms of the eighteenth century.

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