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David Borkowski. "Not Too Late to Take the Sanitation Test": Notes of a Non-Gifted Academic from the Working Class.

Borkowski, David. "'Not Too Late to Take the Sanitation Test': Notes of a Non-Gifted Academic from the Working Class ." CCC 56.1 (2004): 94-123.


Working-class academic narratives reveal a number of common themes, like dual estrangement and internalized class conflict. A less popularized motif is the bookish child who is catapulted out of her working-class origins. But some working-class academics, like myself, were not academically ambitious as children. I am a nontraditional working-class academic, and my distance from narratives of "gifted" ascent may actually bring me closer to my students.

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