Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel

Authors: Connell, Liam

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  • Explores how novelists have responded to the changes in the contemporary work economy 
  • Argues that the growth of flexible labour has produced narratives of nostalgia, generational contest and feelings of insecurity across a range of national contexts
  • Unites a wealth of literary perspectives, from critical theorists to American, British and Indian novelists
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This book is a major study of the presentation of work and workers in contemporary novels from India, North America and the UK. Drawing on lively recent theories about work, it shows how the novel is a crucial form for helping us to understand what work means in contemporary society. It tackles some of the most urgent questions of contemporary life by examining the stories about work that novels produce. Including detailed readings of authors such as Douglas Coupland, David Foster Wallace, Joshua Ferris, Arivand Adiga, Chetan Bhagat and Monica Ali it explores how the presentation of fictional characters lays open the experience of insecure and precarious existence in the contemporary era. This study illustrates that novels provide an essential tool for understanding what work is and how we feel when we do it.

About the authors

Liam Connell is Senior Lecturer English Literature at the University of Brighton. He is the director of Brighton’s C21 Research group. He has written widely on contemporary literature and the questions globalization and transnationalism. He is the co-editor of Globalization and Literature: A Reader (2010).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel

    Pages 1-11

    Connell, Liam

  • Reading Coupland Backwards: Time, Generationality and Work in Generation X, Microserfs and JPod

    Pages 15-56

    Connell, Liam

  • Precarity and Subjective Life: Matt Thorne’s Eight Minutes Idle and David Szalay’s London and the South East

    Pages 57-89

    Connell, Liam

  • Dying to Work: American Nationalism and the End of Productive Labour

    Pages 93-144

    Connell, Liam

  • Working Women and the Welfare State: Jenny Turner’s The Brainstorm

    Pages 145-187

    Connell, Liam

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63928-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63928-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63927-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87674-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 246
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