Want to scribe like common people? Come to Manchester’s Proletarian Modernism seminar, February 24

Four speakers will present work on modernist literature, class, and power at the University of Manchester’s one-day Proletarian Modernism seminar.

About the symposium

Modernism@Manchester is a Research Group based in the Division of English, American Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. We are interested in addressing power structures historically at work during the modernist period and ideologically central to the very conception of ‘modernist studies’ as a disciplinary field.

We are delighted to invite everyone interested in modernist literature, class, and power to participate in our Semester 2 Research day. The day will be organized around four speakers presenting their work for 20 minutes. The full-length papers will be circulated in advance to anyone interested (see contact details below). We will have plenty of time for discussion after each paper. Although we would recommend coming to the day having read the papers, if you find yourself unable to do so, you are still welcome to join us. The event is free and open to all.

All our speakers are presenting still unpublished work, which is taking modernist studies in new directions and will offer opportunities to engage with exciting critical thinking.

1-5 PM
University Place
5.212 (1-3pm) and 5.209 (3-5pm)


UP 5.212
1-1:20 Benjamin Kohlmann, (The University of Freiburg and University of East Anglia) ‘Proletarian Modernism in the Long 1930s’
1:20-1:50 Discussion
1:50-2:10 Robert Spencer (The University of Manchester) ‘Origins and Representations of the Dictatorial State in Postcolonial Africa’.
2:10-2:40 Discussion
2:40-3:10 Tea break and room change
UP 5.209
3:10-3:30 Matthew Taunton (University of East Anglia), ‘Literature and Education in the Long 1930s: Winifred Holtby and Arthur Calder-Marshall on Schools’.
3:30-3:50 Discussion
3:50-4:10 pm Ben Harker (The University of Manchester), ‘Wars of position: British Communism and civil society’
4:10-4:40 Discussion
4:40-5:00 Closing remarks
5:00 Drinks

To receive the dropbox link to the papers, please contact: