Office: MHRA 3104
Office Phone: 336-334-3967
At UNCG Since: 2010
Ph.D. University of Oxford-2003
M.St. University of Oxford-1999
B.A. University of Oxford-1998
Ben Clarke specializes in British literature after 1900 and critical theory. He has particular interests in the literature of the nineteen-thirties, working-class writing and cultural studies. He is the author of Orwell in Context: Communities, Myths, Values (Palgrave, 2007), and co-author, with Michael Bailey and John K. Walton, of Understanding Richard Hoggart (Blackwell, 2012). He has published on authors including Edward Upward, Virginia Woolf, and H. G. Wells, and on subjects such as public houses, Englishness, the representation of mining communities, the idea of the public intellectual, and Western anthropological accounts of Taiwan. Ben is currently co-writing a new study of Richard Hoggart with Sue Owen and researching a monograph on political and aesthetic experimentation in interwar British literature. He is also working on a series of articles on working-class literature and culture.
“H. G. Wells, élitism, and popular fiction.” The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction. Ed. Christine Berberich. Forthcoming 2014.
“In Pursuit of the Working Class” Cultural Studies Review 19.2 (2013): 324-334.
“In the Thirties: Upward, Literature and Politics.” Edward Upward and Left-Wing Literary Culture in Britain. Ed. Benjamin Kohlmann. Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2013.
“‘Only a Tap-Room Man’: Social Hierarchies and the Public House” Journal of the Oxford University History Society 8 (2012): 1-19.
“‘The poor man’s club’: the middle classes, the public house, and the idea of community in the nineteen-thirties” Mosaic 45.2 (2012): 39-54.
Co-author with John Walton and Michael Bailey. The Uses of Richard Hoggart. Hoboken: Blackwell, 2011.
“Richard Hoggart and the Politics of Autobiography.” Richard Hoggart: Culture and Critique. Ed. Michael Bailey and Mary Eagleton. Nottingham: Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2011.