Office: MHRA 3324
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 working-class writing, cultural studies, and the literature of the nineteen-thirties. He is the author of Orwell in Context: Communities, Myths, Values (Palgrave, 2007), co-author, with Michael Bailey and John K. Walton, of Understanding Richard Hoggart: A Pedagogy of Hope (Blackwell, 2012), and co-editor, with Nick Hubble, of Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice (Palgrave 2018). He has published on authors including Jack Hilton, Edward Upward, Virginia Woolf, and H. G. Wells, and on subjects including the politics of literary experimentation, public houses, Englishness, the representation of mining communities, the idea of the public intellectual, and Western anthropological accounts of Taiwan. Ben is currently working on a new monograph on labour and gender in twentieth and twenty-first century working-class literature and a co-edited collection on the idea of the lumpen proletariat.
- “‘Things that are left out’: Working-class Writing and the Idea of Literature.” Routledge International Handbook of Working-Class Studies. Eds. Michele Fazio, Christie Launius, and Tim Strangleman. Routledge, 2020.
- “‘We’ve got a bastard duke on board’: class, fantasy and politics in Lowry.” Remaking the Voyage: New Essays on Malcolm Lowry and In Ballast to the White Sea. Eds. Helen Tookey and Bryan Biggs. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020.
- Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice, eds. Ben Clarke and Nick Hubble (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
- “Working-Class Writing and Experimentation.” Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice. Ed. Ben Clarke and Nick Hubble. Palgrave, 2018.
- “Waste People and Deplorables: Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash.” History Workshop Journal 85.1 (2018): 332-40
- Callow, Philip, and Ben Clarke. “Introduction.” In Common People. 1958 ed. Richmond: Valancourt, 2017.
- “George Orwell, Jack Hilton and the Working Class.” Review of English Studies 67.281 (2016): 764-785.
- “‘Beer and cigarettes and a girl to flirt with’: Orwell, drinking and the everyday” English Studies 96.5 (2015): 541-61
- “H. G. Wells, élitism, and popular fiction.” The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction. Ed. Christine Berberich. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
- “In the Thirties: Upward, Literature and Politics.” Edward Upward and Left-Wing Literary Culture in Britain. Ed. Benjamin Kohlmann. Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2013.
- “‘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.