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Eric Schocket (1966–2006) was an Associate Professor of American literature at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He wrote primarily on issues of class. In Vanishing Moments: Class and American Literature (University of Michigan Press, 2006), Schocket examined the way in which class-conscious American literature (such as by Herman Melville, Rebecca Harding Davis, William Howells, and Langston Hughes) confronted and addressed the typical American denial of issues of social stratification.
After a months-long battle with leukemia, Schocket died on September 3, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Alison Greene, and his two children, Benjamin and Margot Schocket-Greene.
- "Proletarian Paperbacks: The Little Blue Books and Working-Class Culture"College Literature, 2002 Fall; 29 (4): 67-78. (journal article)
- "Redefining American Proletarian Literature: Mexican Americans and the Challenge to the Tradition of Radical Dissent" Journal of American & Comparative Cultures, 2001 Spring-Summer; 24 (1-2): 59-69. (journal article)
- "'Discovering Some New Race': Rebecca Harding Davis's 'Life in the Iron Mills' and the Literary Emergence of Working-Class Whiteness" PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, 2000 Jan; 115 (1): 46-59. (journal article)
- "Undercover Explorations of the 'Other Half'; Or, the Writer as Class Transvestite" Representations, 1998 Fall; 64: 109-33. (journal article)
- Works by or about Eric Schocket in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Eric Schocket Memorial Lecture Series http://www.hampshire.edu/hacu/9596.htm
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