Michael Denning delivered Hampshire College’s second Eric N. Shocket Memorial Lecture on April 14, 2009 at 4 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. The lecture was free and the public invited.
Denning is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American Studies and English at Yale University. His works examine contemporary representations of workers, the unemployed, and the figure of “global labor.” His Schocket Lecture was titled “Spectre of Wageless Life.”
Denning is the author of Culture in the Age of Three Worlds; The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century; Cover Stories: Narrative and Ideology in the British Spy Thriller; and Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working Class Culture in America.
The annual lecture series honors the memory of Eric N. Schocket, an inspiring teacher and a nationally prominent scholar in working-class studies, who taught at Hampshire College from 1996 until his death in 2006. Schocket’s work engaged the important relationship between class and culture, and his book Vanishing Moments: Class and American Literature, was published in 2006.
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