On television, working-class citizens have been represented by fictional characters such as Ralph Kramden, Laverne and Shirley, and Homer Simpson, as well as by the stars of reality shows such as Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch, and Dog the Bounty Hunter. Do any of these depictions do justice to real blue-collar Americans?
M. Keith Booker is the James E. and Ellen Wadley Roper Professor of English at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he also directs the program in comparative literature and cultural studies. He has written or edited more than 40 books on literature, literary theory, and popular culture.
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