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American Literature and the Free Market, 1945–2000

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521513999

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  • The years after World War Two have seen a widespread fascination with the free market. In this book, Michael W. Clune considers this fascination in postwar literature. In the fictional worlds created by works ranging from Frank O'Hara's poetry to nineties gangster rap, the market is transformed, offering an alternative form of life, distinct from both the social visions of the left and the individualist ethos of the right. These ideas also provide an unsettling example of how art takes on social power by offering an escape from society. American Literature and the Free Market presents a new perspective on a number of wide ranging works for readers of American post-war literature.

    • Includes both a broad overview of postwar American literature and detailed interpretations of key works. Readers interested in contemporary poetry, rap and fiction will find a new model for understanding and teaching these works
    • Includes a new theory of the relation between literature and society, describing the power of literature that previous texts have largely ignored
    • Highlights limitations of analyses that focus on individualism and thereby contribute to the understanding of the postwar spread of free marketing thinking
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    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521513999
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: the economic fiction
    1. Freedom from you
    2. Frank O'Hara and free choice
    3. William Burroughs' virtual mind
    4. Blood money: sovereignty and exchange in Kathy Acker
    5. 'You Can't See Me': rap, money, and the first person
    Conclusion: the invisible world
    Bibliography
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Michael W. Clune, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
    Michael W. Clune is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of South Florida.

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