Christopher Hilliard

Christopher Hilliard teaches British history at the University of Sydney. He is working on a book about the Littlehampton letters libel case of the 1920s.

Whose Candyfloss? Richard Hoggart

Christopher Hilliard, 17 April 2014

Richard Hoggart​ made much in his writings of the scholarship child’s uprootedness and anxiety, but his own dislocation had its limits. Although he went from a primary school in a poor part of Leeds to grammar school and on to university, Hoggart never really made what the novelist Storm Jameson, a generation ahead of him at the University of Leeds, called the ‘journey from the...

The story reveals the extent to which British society in the 1920s clung to certain beliefs about women and language. One of these prejudices, fiercely held, was that a ‘respectable’ woman...

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