Ben Clarke Ben Clarke

Contact Information

Office: MHRA 3106
Office Phone: 336-334-5484
At UNCG Since: 2010


Ph.D. University of Oxford-2003
M.St. University of Oxford-1999
B.A. University of Oxford-1998

Research Interests

Ben Clarke’s first monograph focused on George Orwell, class, and community (Orwell in Context: Communities, Myths, Values, Palgrave Macmillan 2007); his second is a broader treatment of anti-imperialist, feminist, and working class activism and experimentation in modernist and intermodernist writing (manuscript in progress; requested by Palgrave Macmillan). He has published articles on subjects including Englishness, the representation of mining communities, the idea of the public intellectual, and anthropological accounts of Taiwan. He is currently working on a co-written study of the pioneering cultural critic and theorist Richard Hoggart, which will be published by Blackwell. He is also working to recover marginalized texts (feminist, anti-imperialist, Jewish, and working-class writing) with new editions of three currently out-of-print interwar novels.

Selected Publications

  • “‘The poor man’s club’: Joyce, the middle classes, and the public house in thenineteen-thirties.” Mosaic, forthcoming.
  • “The Return of Richard Hoggart”. Cultural Studies Review, 2010 16.2: 362-70.
  • “Richard Hoggart and the Politics of Autobiography.” Richard Hoggart: Culture and Critique. Ed. Michael Bailey and Mary Eagleton. Forthcoming 2011.
  • Co-author with John Walton and Michael Bailey. The Uses of Richard Hoggart. Hoboken: Blackwell, 2011.
  • “Among the Headhunters: Janet McGovern and Anthropology in Taiwan.” Studies in Travel Writing 13.3 (2009): 251-70.
  • “George Orwell: Politics, Rhetoric and the Public Intellectual.” Studies in the Humanities 35.2 (2008): 231-49.
  • “‘Noble Bodies’: Orwell, Miners and Masculinity.” English Studies 89.4 (2008): 427-46.
  • “To think fearlessly: Richard Hoggart and the Politics of the English Language. Re-reading Richard Hoggart. Ed. Sue Owen. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008.
  • Orwell in Context: Communities, Myths, Values. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • “‘But the barrier is impassable’: Virginia Woolf and Class.” Woolfian Boundaries. Eds. Anna Burrells et. al. Clemson: Clemson University Digital P, 2007.
  • “Orwell and Englishness” Review of English Studies. 2006 57: 83-105.


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