• We are a group of scholars, writers and muckrakers at the University of Alberta dedicated to exploring the Proletarian Arts movements of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s as a connecting force in culture and politics across the globe.

    Contact us at ProletarianArts@gmail.com.

Eat (like) the Poor: The 1933 Relief Diet

In the course of my research into 1930s proletarian print, I spend a great deal of time sifting through archives in search of traces of lost pamphlets. As well, while trying to understand the world that the readers of these printed materials lived in, I find myself chasing down scraps of narrative. There are moments … Continue reading


“East Nine” for International Day of Mourning

In honour of the International  Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job, why not reflect on a shocking and devastating proletarian experience through story? “East Nine” is a short story by Canadian socialist writer Dyson Carter who often wrote explicitly about workers and injury. It was originally published in the magazine New Frontier in June, 1936. The story … Continue reading

Social Movements Collection at UHawaii

While trying to uncover some details about the “Canadian Workers’ Pamphlet Series” dating from 1930-31, I ran across the Social Movements digital collection at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library. It’s a large archive of pamphlets and other print material dating mainly from the interwar decades in the United States. Currently, there are over … Continue reading

CFP: Alberta Labour History Conference

Please see below for CFP for the Alberta Labour History Conference, to be held at the University of Alberta in June. The deadline for submissions is 15 September (for funding consideration), with a final deadline of 15 November. In the past, this conference has been an interesting mix of labour and union activists with academics, … Continue reading

ProleArts in the Classroom: Workshop Schedule

It’s not too late to join in! Feel free to drop in for a session on Thursday if you are available – students, this includes YOU. For those unable to attend, your contributions to the discussion are welcome in the comments below. Proletarian Literature & Arts Summer Workshop ProleArts in the Classroom University of Alberta, … Continue reading