Eric Schocket

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Eric Schocket (1966 – 2006) was an Associate Professor of American literature at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He wrote primarily on issues of class. In Vanishing Moments: Class and American Literature (University of Michigan Press, 2006), Schocket examined the way in which class-conscious American literature (such as by Herman Melville, Rebecca Harding Davis, William Howells, and Langston Hughes) confronted and addressed the typical American denial of issues of social stratification.

Schocket received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD in American Literature from Stanford University. His other published articles include:

  • "Proletarian Paperbacks: The Little Blue Books and Working-Class Culture"College Literature, 2002 Fall; 29 (4): 67-78. (journal article)
  • "Redefining American Proletarian Literature: Mexican Americans and the Challenge to the Tradition of Radical Dissent" Journal of American & Comparative Cultures, 2001 Spring-Summer; 24 (1-2): 59-69. (journal article)
  • "'Discovering Some New Race': Rebecca Harding Davis's 'Life in the Iron Mills' and the Literary Emergence of Working-Class Whiteness" PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, 2000 Jan; 115 (1): 46-59. (journal article)
  • "Undercover Explorations of the 'Other Half'; Or, the Writer as Class Transvestite" Representations, 1998 Fall; 64: 109-33. (journal article)

After a months-long battle with leukemia, Eric Schocket died on September 3, 2006.

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