Symposium and Book Launch: New Research on American Literature and Neoliberalism

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December 9, 2019
United Kingdom

This symposium brings together a spectrum of new research on the broad subject of neoliberalism and American literature. Though numerous panels and publications have questioned the enduring uses of neoliberalism as a cohesive concept, a keyword or framework for interpretation, this symposium demonstrates a range of productive applications and interpretive possibilities. There will be eight papers (across two large panels) on writers including Colson Whitehead, Jesmyn Ward, Helen DeWitt, Rivers Solomon, Thomas Pynchon, Attica Locke and many others. Following the presentations and discussion, we will celebrate the release of six new academic books over a glass of juice or wine. Registration is free and open to all via the event webpage. 

Panel A: Time, Futurity, Periods and Phases (1.15-3.15)

Chaired by Alexandra Campbell (Edinburgh)

'Death, disposability and the eclipse of the future in the writings of Jesmyn Ward' - Anna Hartnell (Birkbeck)

'Neoliberalism's Third Wave: The Digital Age of Large-Scale Customisation'- Stephen Shapiro (Warwick)

'Colson Whitehead’s Zone One and the No Future of Neoliberalism'- Diletta De Cristofaro (Birmingham)

'Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge and the Periodization of Neoliberalism'- Arin Keeble (Edinburgh Napier)


Panel B: Genres and Forms (3.30-5.30)

Chaired by Anna Girling (Edinburgh)

'Helen DeWitt’s Some Trick and the Rise of Market Metafiction'- Paul Crosthwaite (Edinburgh)

'The General Strike and the Road Novel'- Myka Tucker-Abramson (Warwick)

'"This oil thing touches everything": Crime Fiction and the Neoliberal Energy Regime'- Sharae Deckard (University College Dublin)

'"There is no Promised Land": Sin, Power and Order in Rivers Solomon’s An Unkindness of Ghosts'- Elsa Bouet (Edinburgh Napier)


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