Jun 21 2018

V21 Collective Summer Reading Group – Work

June 21, 2018

V21 is delighted to announce our fourth (!) annual Summer Reading Group series. This year’s topics are Work, Blackness, and Sex.  As is traditional for our summer syllabi, each cluster mixes primary Victorian, secondary critical, and theoretical/philosophical texts.

The Chicago area group will meet June 21, July 20, and August 21, 3pm-5pm at the DePaul Library Rosati Room.

Join us in person or host one in your region!  Satellite groups are worldwide!  Use the 21 date or any day that works!  Interested parties for whom travel would be required for in-person groups are also encouraged to use Zoom.

We’ll gladly advertise satellite groups here and through twitter.  If you want to host a group and aren’t sure with whom you might collaborate, we can help facilitate connections.  Satellite groups are welcome to use our syllabus from this year, from  2017,  20162015, or from your own desires.

Use #v21summer for discussion prompts and simul-reading.

Contact us for details on satellites in locations such as:

Ann Arbor, MI
Ithaca, NY
Washington, DC
Philly, PA
Seattle, WA
Nashville, TN
Tucson, AZ
Hamilton, Ontario
London, England


(write v21collective at gmail for PDFs of the readings)

WORK (June 21)
What are the challenges and opportunities of aesthetically representing work?  Are all media equally equipped in facing these challenges?  How do the radical transformations in work wrought by the industrial revolution, urbanization, and enclosure materialize in Victorian literature?  Do equally radical transformations separate Victorian work from C21 work?  Can work be theorized?

Ford Maddox Brown, Work (painting)
Karl Marx, “The Working Day”
Carolyn Lesjak Working Fictions intro and conclusion
Kathi Weeks The Problem with Work Intro and Epilogue


Date posted

Jul 27, 2018

Date updated

Jul 27, 2018