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Neoliberalism and Contemporary American Literature

Author: Liam Kennedy; Stephen A Shapiro
Publisher: Hanover, New Hampshire : Dartmouth College Press, 2019.
Series: Re-mapping the transnational.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How has American literature responded to the dominance of neoliberalism? Does it make sense to speak of an "American" literature in neoliberal times? Can literature function as either a neutral category or a privileged narrative of national imagination in a time when paradigms of the nation-state and of liberal capitalism are undergoing a prolonged shift? In the United States, as elsewhere, the association between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Liam Kennedy; Stephen A Shapiro
ISBN: 9781512603620 1512603627
OCLC Number: 1091582919
Description: 1 online resource (238 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Literature, Theory, and the Temporalities of Neoliberalism; 3. Foucault, Neoliberalism, Algorithmic Governmentality, and the Loss of Liberal Culture; 4. The Flamethrowers and the Making of Modern Art; 5. "On the Very Edge of Fiction": Risk, Representation, and the Subject of Contemporary Fiction in Ben Lerner's 10:04; 6. Fictions of Human Capital; Or, Redemption in Neoliberal Times; 7. The Uncanny Re-Worlding of the Post-9/11 American Novel, Joseph O'Neill's Netherland Or, The Cultural Fantasy Work of Neoliberalism8. Desert Stories: Liberal Anxieties and the Neoliberal Novel; 9. Beyond Precarity: Ideologies of Labor in Anti-Trafficking Crime Fiction; 10. "Terminal Insomnia": Sleeplessness, Labor, and Neoliberal Ecology in Karen Russell's Sleep Donation and Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer; 11. Postcapitalism in Space: Kim Stanley Robinson's Utopian Science Fiction; Contributor Biographies; Index
Series Title: Re-mapping the transnational.
Responsibility: Liam Kennedy and Stephen Shapiro, editors.

Abstract:

"How has American literature responded to the dominance of neoliberalism? Does it make sense to speak of an "American" literature in neoliberal times? Can literature function as either a neutral category or a privileged narrative of national imagination in a time when paradigms of the nation-state and of liberal capitalism are undergoing a prolonged shift? In the United States, as elsewhere, the association between the nation-state, liberal capitalism, and literary form has a long history, reflecting determinate relations between writer and reader within imagined national community. As this community loses its symbolic efficiency in the age of neoliberal capital, the boundaries and possibilities of literary production and representation shift. This collection of essays examines how American literature both models and interrogates the neoliberal present. Has literary realism been exhausted as a narrative form? Can contemporary literature still imagine either the end of capitalism or an alternative to it?"--Back cover.

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