Ben Clarke Ben Clarke

Contact Information

Office: MHRA 3324
Office Phone: 336-334-3280
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 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.

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Braine, John, and Ben Clarke. "Introduction." In Life at the Top. 1962 ed. Richmond: Valancourt, 2015.
  • “H. G. Wells, élitism, and popular fiction.” The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction. Ed. Christine Berberich. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
  • “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. Understanding Richard Hoggart: A Pedagogy of Hope. 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.
  • “The Return of Richard Hoggart”. Cultural Studies Review, 2010 16.2: 362-70.
  • “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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