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New Comparisons in World Literature

Contemporary World Narrative Fiction and the Spaces of Neoliberalism

Authors: Walonen, Michael K.

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This book is a transnational study of how contemporary fiction writers from the United States and Canada to Nigeria to India to Dubai have conceptualized the emergent social spaces of the diverse corners of the neoliberal world system. Over the span of the past three to four decades, free market economic policies have been sold to or pushed upon every society on the globe in some way, shape, or form. The upshot of this has been a world system structured in terms of a vast shift of power and resources from government to private enterprise, dwindling civic life replaced by rising consumerism, an emerging oligarchic rentier class, large segments of population faced with meager material conditions of existence and few prospects of socio-economic mobility, and a looming sense of a near future dominated by further economic collapses and mounting social strife. This book analyses a wide cultural array of some of the most poignant narrative engagements with neoliberalism in its various localized manifestations throughout the world.  

About the authors

Michael K. Walonen is Assistant Professor of English at Bethune-Cookman University, USA. He specializes in transatlantic modern and contemporary cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and world literature. He is the author of the book Writing Tangier in the Postcolonial Transition: Space and Power in Expatriate and North African Literature and articles that have appeared in the journals Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, Studies in Travel Writing, African Literature and Culture, and Frontiers: The International Journal of Study Abroad, as well as the collections Geocritical Explorations and On and Off the Page: Mapping in Text and Culture.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-17

    Walonen, Michael K.

  • Contemporary North American Narrative Fiction and the Landscapes of Neoliberalism: The Explosion of Corporate Capitalism and the Spaces of the Fallen American Middle Class

    Pages 21-44

    Walonen, Michael K.

  • Speculation, Social Conflict, and the Ethics of Untrammeled Accumulation in the American Neoliberal Financier Novel

    Pages 45-78

    Walonen, Michael K.

  • Spatial Division, Bricolage Settlement, and Informal Economies in the Developing-World Slum Novel

    Pages 79-103

    Walonen, Michael K.

  • Psycho-Geographic Orientation in the Neoliberal City: Establishing and Contesting Place Identity in the Nascent Literature of Dubai

    Pages 107-127

    Walonen, Michael K.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary World Narrative Fiction and the Spaces of Neoliberalism
Authors
Series Title
New Comparisons in World Literature
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54955-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-54955-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54954-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 178
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