This group aims to bring together scholars studying the emerging genre of the “neoliberal novel,” in order to better understand the intricate connections between neoliberal political economy/ideology and literature.


1 reply, 2 voices Last updated by  Caitlin Duffy 3 years, 1 month ago
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    Sara Santos

    Hello, fellow members of Humanities Commons and the all-engulfing neoliberal world. This group is a way to start a conversation about the relationship between structures of political/economic power and literature. In particular, I am interested in parsing out what “neoliberalism” really means – as an ideology, a political economy, a biopolitical system – and how its ubiquitous power structures are represented and reproduced in fiction in what has been identified in the last decade as the neoliberal novel (Nilges, “Neoliberalism and the Time of the Novel”). Another topic I’d like to explore is the effect of neoliberalism in education, specifically how neoliberalism translates into practices at the classroom level.

    I’d love to hear from the new members in the group! Please introduce yourselves and tell us what your interests and goals are by taking part in this group!

    A little bit about me: My name is Sara and I’m an English Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on posthumanism, biopolitics and ecocriticism in late 20th century and contemporary literature.My dissertation traces trajectories of becoming post/human in dystopian literature in relation to the proliferation of spaces of security that emerge with neoliberal discourse and that work to redefine, reinforce, but also collapse, the distinctions between categories of life and being.

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    Caitlin Duffy

    Hello, everyone!

    Sara- Thanks for creating this group! 🙂

    My name is Caitlin, I’m also an English Ph.D. student at Stony Brook University. Although half of my research focuses on 19th-century gothic literature (mainly American, but I also work with Victorian gothic fiction), the other half of my work deals with intersections between neoliberal practices/ideology and the Anglo-American horror film. I’m currently working on my comprehensive exam lists, one of which is based on my concept of the neoliberal horror film (you can check it out here).

    In joining this group, I hope to learn about others’ interests and work in this field, as this tends to help me experience break-throughs and discoveries in my own work. I also am interested in learning more about the neoliberal novel. Part of my research into the neoliberal horror film investigates the business behind genre film production, marketing, and merchandising. I’d be interested to see if there are any parallels.

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