logo-cropped

Nottingham’s independent bookshop | 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH | 0115 8373097

The Melancholia of Class : A Manifesto for the Working Class

Cruz, Cynthia
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Watkins Media (Repeater Books)
Published: July 13, 2021
ISBN: 9781912248919
228 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£10.99

To be working-class in a middle-class world is to be a ghost. Excluded, marginalised, and subjected to violence, the working class is also deemed by those in power to not exist. We are left with a choice between assimilation into middle-class values and culture, leaving our working-class origins behind, or total annihilation.

In The Melancholia of Class, Cynthia Cruz analyses how this choice between assimilation or annihilation has played out in the lives of working-class musicians, artists, writers, and filmmakers – including Amy Winehouse, Ian Curtis, Jason Molina, Barbara Loden, and many more – and the resultant Freudian melancholia that ensues when the working-class subject leaves their origins to ”become someone,” only to find that they lose themselves in the process.

Part memoir, part cultural theory, and part polemic, The Melancholia of Class shows us how we can resist assimilation, uplifting and carrying our working-class origins and communities with us, as we break the barriers of the middle-class world. There are so many of us, all of us waiting. If we came together, who knows what we could do.

Postage is calculated at 10% of your order value, up to a maximum of £3.00. There is a free postage option at checkout if you are housebound/shielding, on low income, or need help with postage costs for any other reason.  Your order will usually arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery prices and times to other countries may vary (prices calculated at checkout).