Introduction 1. Towards A Politics of Mobility: Vagabonds, Hobos, and Pioneers 2. The Politics of Unemployment in Leftist Periodical Cultures, 1930-39 3. Novel Protest in the 1930s 4. The Postwar Compact and the National Bildungsroman 5. New Left Culture and the New Unemployment Conclusion: Unemployment in Neoliberal Canada
'Writing Unemployment offers its readers diverse points of entry into reading the literatures of labour. Its rigorous scholarship and theoretical acuity are evident everywhere. Jody Mason crosses disciplinary boundaries to great effect and, in doing so, challenges ways in which scholars have so far assessed leftist Canadian literature. This study is especially remarkable for its deft incorporation of a vast array of government, political, and economic documents and its highly original and engaging insistence on critical attention to the means and modes of aesthetic production.' -- Dean Irvine, Department of English, Dalhousie University and Director, Editing Modernism in Canada
Jody Mason is an assistant professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Carleton University.
'Highly recommended.' -- T.Ware Choice Magazine vol 51:03:2013 'Jody Mason's impressive new book deploys joblessness, along with the attendant political and cultural strategies developed to combat it.' -- Michael Stewart Canadian Literature Spring 2014 'Writing Unemployment is a fascinating blend of cultural materialism, literary studies, and labour history... The Theoretical and methodological breadth of Jody Mason's argument is impressive... A rich powerful and useful book.' -- Nancy Butler Labour/Le Travail vol 74:2013