Through the Working Class

Through the Working Class

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chevron_rightSociology

Language
en

ISBN (print)
978-88-6969-297-0

ISBN (ebook)
978-88-6969-296-3

ISSN
chevron_right2610-8852

e-ISSN
chevron_right2610-9379

Date of publication
12 Dec 2018

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Beyond the Dark, Satanic Mills
An Ecocritical Reading of A Kestrel for a Knave

Joanna Dobson
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
joanna.c.dobson@gmail.com

DOI 10.30687/978-88-6969-296-3/008

Submitted 20 Jul 2018
Accepted 16 Sep 2018

Abstract

Barry Hines’ 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave is justly celebrated for its depiction of working-class life in an English mining village. However, false assumptions about the role of ‘nature’ in the working-class experience have led critics to overlook the significance of the bird at the centre of the novel and the descriptions of the surrounding environment. A reading that foregrounds these aspects offers new insights, revealing a prescient anxiety about the way capitalism weakens relationships between human and nonhuman. The book is shown to be ahead of its time in its understanding that human flourishing depends on meaningful connection with the more-than-human world.

Keywords
Animal studies. Barry Hines. Birds. Ecocriticism. Northern England. Working-class writing.


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Dobson Joanna

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Beyond the Dark, Satanic Mills

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en

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Barry Hines’ 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave is justly celebrated for its depiction of working-class life in an English mining village. However, false assumptions about the role of ‘nature’ in the working-class experience have led critics to overlook the significance of the bird at the centre of the novel and the descriptions of the surrounding environment. A reading that foregrounds these aspects offers new insights, revealing a prescient anxiety about the way capitalism weakens relationships between human and nonhuman. The book is shown to be ahead of its time in its understanding that human flourishing depends on meaningful connection with the more-than-human world.

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Culture del lavoro

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-12

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2018-07-20

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2018-09-16

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http://doi.org/10.14277/978-88-6969-296-3/008

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2610-8852

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2610-9379

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978-88-6969-297-0

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978-88-6969-296-3

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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with fulltext

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Animal studies

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Barry Hines

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Birds

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Ecocriticism

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Northern England

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Working-class writing

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