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Neoliberalism and Contemporary American Literature
Liam Kennedy, ed.; Stephen Shapiro, ed.

Not yet released.
Publication date: September 3, 2019

Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies

2019 • 252 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Literary Criticism - American

$45.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0361-3
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-5126-0360-6

$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0362-0

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(Hardcover is un-jacketed.
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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 the nation-state, liberal capitalism, and literary form has a long history, reflecting determinate relations between writer and reader within an 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?

Click here to read or download a pre-publication PDF of the Introduction to the book.

Click here for TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIAM KENNEDYis a professor of American studies and director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin. STEPHEN SHAPIRO is a professor of English, University of Warwick.

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