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Author: Katy Shaw
Publisher: London ; New Delhi ; New York ; Sydney : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015. ©2015
Series: 21st century genre fiction series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The financial crisis of 2008 quickly gave rise to a growing body of fiction: "crunch lit". Populated by a host of unsympathetic characters and centred around banking institutions, these 'recession writings' take the financial crisis as their central narrative concern to produce a new wave of literary and popular writings that satirise the origins and effects of modern life, consumer culture and the credit boom.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Katy Shaw
ISBN: 9781472510068 1472510062 9781472506306 1472506308
OCLC Number: 908085040
Description: xi, 193 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Politics of 21st Century Genre Fiction \ 1. Financial Times \ 2. The Death of the City \ 3. City Boys \ 4. Recessionistas \ Glossary of Key Terms \ Further Reading and Online Resources \ Index.
Series Title: 21st century genre fiction series.
Responsibility: Katy Shaw.

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The financial crisis of 2008 quickly gave rise to a growing body of fiction: "crunch lit". Populated by a host of unsympathetic characters and centred around banking institutions, these 'recession writings' take the financial crisis as their central narrative concern to produce a new wave of literary and popular writings that satirise the origins and effects of modern life, consumer culture and the credit boom. Examining a range of texts including Sebastian Faulks' A Week in December (2009), Robert Harris' The Fear Index (2011), John Lanchester's Capital (2011) and Adam Haslett's Union Atlantic (2010), this book offers the first wide-ranging guide to this new genre. Exploring the key themes of the genre and its antecedents in fictional representations of finance by the likes of Dickens, Conrad, Zola and Trollope, Crunch Lit also includes a timeline of key historical events, guides to further and online resources and biographies of key authors. Supported by online resources, the book is an essential read for students of 21st century literature and culture.--

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