Profile pictureMy research focuses on Robert Story, a Conservative labouring-class writer from the north of Britain—his membership of the self-taught literary tradition, and his cross- class connections with established authors and poets. In its sustained focus on original archive material my study recovers Story’s reading and writing experiences, and contextualises his lifelong pursuit of culture and politics through a series of unpublished manuscripts. My research tests the assumption that all non-radical writing is conservative in form, and argues that it is now necessary to rethink the role of marginalised writers like Story in our contemporary understanding of nineteenth-century working-class literary culture.


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