"Like Lice on Mammoths' Hides": Frank Norris and the Styling of Anthropocenic Scale

Clint Williamson

University of Pennsylvania

Clint Williamson is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in 19th Century American literature. His dissertation, Nebulous Figures: A Cultural History of an American Undercommons, looks at the ways in which a so-called lumpenproletariat crafted refusals to work as strategies for restaging value in the latter half of the 19th Century. Examining a wide range genres, this project proposes that those living on the margins of wage labor possessed vibrant and complex social networks that in their very resistance to work under capitalism exposed new ways of modelling potential worlds absent its violent drudgery.


Clint Williamson University of Pennsylvania "“Like Lice on Mammoths’ Hides”: Frank Norris and the Styling of Anthropocenic Scale" After the titular character in Frank Norris’s 1899 novel McTeague has killed his... [ view full abstract ]


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