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Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg
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Consumer Culture, Popular Culture, Working-Class Studies, 20th Century, 21st Century.
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About Me

Brittany R. Clark is a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg. She received her MA in Humanities (with a focus in creative writing and writing pedagogy) from Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg in 2015, and a BA in English from Western Michigan University in 2008. Her areas of study are the intersection of consumer culture, working culture, class, and popular culture. She has a particular interest in representations of retail work, which is based on her fifteen years (and current) experience in the trade. Currently, she is working on her dissertation which examines how representations of retail workers in popular culture shape cultural perceptions about the job and who does it.

Her article “#NotMyGhostbusters: Adaptation, Response, and Fan Entitlement in 2016’s Ghostbusters,” written with Peter Bryan, was published in the Journal of American Culture in 2019. Additionally, her article “I was a Retail Salesperson: Memoirs About Working in Retail” was published at The Journal of Working Class Studies in 2018. She has additionally had an creative essay published online at Work Literary Magazine.

Recent Publications

Bryan, Peter and Brittany Clark, “#NotMyGhostbusters: Adaptation, Response, and Fan Entitlement in 2016’s Ghostbusters,” The Journal of American Culture, June 2019.

Clark, Brittany R., “I was a Retail Salesperson: Memoirs About Working in Retail.” Journal of Working-Class Studies 2, no. 2 (2018).

Clark, Brittany R., “Labor Day: And Other Holidays That Aren’t When You Work Retail.” Work Literary Magazine, September 1, 2014.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Material Culture, Women