Cover image from Maximoff, G.P.  Syndicalists in the Russian Revolution . Direct Action Pamphlets No. 11. Artist unknown.

Proletarian Publics

Doctoral dissertation.

Proletarian Publics: Labour and leftist print in Canada, 1930-1939

Through a connected body of archival and critical research, publications, editorial work, public presentations, and teaching, I am deeply invested in analyzing how a language of disenfranchisement was made intelligible to Canadians during the turbulent decade of the 1930s.

I have chosen to examine ephemeral print—such as political pamphlets—alongside conventionally literary works in order to achieve a clearer, more grounded understanding of the role of print in developing and mobilizing political action in western Canada.

Significantly, I argue that this body of print constitutes a specifically proletarian public, at times contiguous with and distinct from the larger Canadian public in this period.

 Cover image from Maximoff, G.P.  Syndicalists in the Russian Revolution . Direct Action Pamphlets No. 11. Artist unknown.

Cover image from Maximoff, G.P. Syndicalists in the Russian Revolution. Direct Action Pamphlets No. 11. Artist unknown.

 Detail, "A Six-Page Worker." Linocut by Avrom Yanofsky. From  The Worker  annual campaign, Oct-Nov 1932. Toronto: The Workers Publishing Association, 1932.

Detail, "A Six-Page Worker." Linocut by Avrom Yanofsky. From The Worker annual campaign, Oct-Nov 1932. Toronto: The Workers Publishing Association, 1932.

 Cover,  Not Guilty! The Verdict of the Workers' Jury . Toronto: Canadian Labor Defence League, 1931. Linocut by Avrom Yanofsky.

Cover, Not Guilty! The Verdict of the Workers' Jury. Toronto: Canadian Labor Defence League, 1931. Linocut by Avrom Yanofsky.