By Michael K. Walonen
This e-book is a transnational examine of ways modern fiction writers from the USA and Canada to Nigeria to India to Dubai have conceptualized the emergent social areas of the varied corners of the neoliberal global approach. Over the span of the prior 3 to 4 many years, unfastened marketplace monetary rules were bought to or driven upon each society at the globe in a roundabout way, form, or shape. The upshot of this has been an international method based by way of an unlimited shift of energy and assets from executive to non-public firm, dwindling civic existence changed via emerging consumerism, an rising oligarchic rentier classification, huge segments of inhabitants confronted with meager fabric stipulations of life and few clients of socio-economic mobility, and a looming experience of a close to destiny ruled by way of additional financial collapses and mounting social strife. This booklet analyses a large cultural array of a few of the main poignant narrative engagements with neoliberalism in its a variety of localized manifestations through the world.
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Early on in the text a young Walter bemoans the fact that GDP growth, which is predicated in part on demographic growth, is universally taken as positive (128), while years later Walter’s best friend – rock-and-roller Richard Katz – notes that growth is so endemic to capitalism that to talk about curtailing it comes off as incomprehensible in an inveterately capitalist society: ‘Capitalism can’t handle talking about limits, because the whole point of capitalism is the restless growth of capital.
According to Elliott, the ‘opposition between instrumentality and freedom has little meaning for the neoliberal subject’ like Oryx (354), forced to get by as a child pornography performer, then a quasi-sex slave, then Crake’s henchwoman. Within such a system, within which sex work comes to stand as something of an eerie metaphor for the machinations of capitalism as Walter Benjamin and others have noted (Sloterdijk 207), freedom consists of allowing oneself to be bought for the most 8 Margit Talpalaru sees this one-track social impetus to profit and consume symbolized in the trilogy’s genetically engineered pigoons, reading their situational acts of cannibalism as a commentary on how society is effectively feeding on itself through such a limited, predatory, and unsustainable collective drive (190).
40 Contemporary World Narrative Fiction & the Spaces of Neoliberalism Mountains of garbage with dozens of people picking through it; pleebland shanty towns, the shacks made of discarded everything. Kids standing on the shack roofs, on the piles of garbage, on the piles of tires, waving flags made of colorful plastic bags or flying rudimentary kites […] The odd camera drone drifted overhead, purporting to be scanning traffic, logging the comings and goings of who-knew-who. Those things were bad news if they were hunting for you specifically.
Contemporary World Narrative Fiction and the Spaces of Neoliberalism by Michael K. Walonen