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American Literature and the Free Market, 1945–2000
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Details

  • Page extent: 220 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.5 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 810.9/3553
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PS225 .C57 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • American literature--20th century--History and criticism
    • Literature and society--United States--History--20th century
    • Economics and literature--United States--History--20th century
    • Free enterprise--Social aspects--United States

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 (ISBN-13: 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.

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.

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