Documentary Dialogues: Historicizing the Proletarian Novel from the 30s to the 50s

Lauren Gilfillan’s just-barely-fictional autobiography I Went to Pit College (1934) documents culture and politics during the Great Coal Strike. Gilfillan, a college graduate, travelled alone to Avella, Pennsylvania and lived with strikers. Despite its popularity, the novel and its author fell into obscurity. Joel Woller will report on collaborative work in-progress on Gilfillan and her […]

The Politics of Progress: Addressing Inequality in the Past and Present

This panel brings together historians and activists to explore attempts to address inequality in the past and present. All three papers show that narratives of progress can have the effect of deepening inequality, and that political work is needed to resist this tendency. David Huyssen’s paper shows how the ideological and material practices adopted by […]