The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television
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The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television : Twenty-first-Century Bust Culture

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The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-first-Century Bust Culture examines pop artifacts not typically included in discussions of the financial meltdown; the collected essays treat our busted culture as a seismograph that registers the traumas of collapse. In accessible, intellectually rigorous prose, each essay locates their subject - from disaster films to graphic novels - along a spectrum of ideological fantasies, social erasures, and profound anxieties inspired by the Great Recession.show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 154 x 229 x 21mm | 467g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1498520626
  • 9781498520621

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The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television is a welcome addition the cultural analysis of the 2007 economic meltdown. It is an astutely edited volume that shows how "bust culture" became a textual emphasis in all manner of productions: film, fiction, television, and art. This is vital reading for those who are interested in how focal economic events become the material of textual expression. -- Stanley Corkin, University of Cincinnatishow more

About Kirk Boyle

Kirk Boyle is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Literature and Language at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Dan Mrozowski is a visiting assistant professor in the English Department at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where he teaches courses in American literature, critical theory, and crime fiction.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Creative Documentation of Creative Destruction Kirk Boyle and Daniel Mrozowski Section I: Film Chapter 1: The Imagination of Economic Disaster: Eco-Catastrophe Films of the Great Recession Kirk Boyle Chapter 2: Real-to-Reel Recessionary Horrors in Drag Me to Hell and Contagion April Miller Chapter 3: Horror at the Homestead: The (Re)possession of American Property in Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity II James Stone Section II: Fiction Chapter 4: "We are the walking dead": Zombie Literature in Recession-Era America Lance Rubin Chapter 5: "Crash Fiction": American Literary Novels of the Global Financial Crisis Daniel Mattingly Chapter 6: Mommy Porn, More or Less: Fifty Shades of Grey and Conservative Feminism in the New Economy Sarah Domet Section III: Television Chapter 7: And They Lived Happily Ever After...Or Not at All: (Un)Imagining African Americans in Recession-Era Popular Culture Maryann Erigha Chapter 8: Latino Liminality, Exclusion and Erasure in Great Recession Television: The Case of Treme and Friday Night Lights Charli Valdez Chapter 9: Masters, Servants, and the Effaced Middle Classes of Downton Abbey, The Dark Knight Rises, and Falling Skies Jesseca Cornelson Chapter 10: From Hoarders to Pickers: Salvage Aesthetics and Reality Television in The Great Recession Daniel Mrozowski Section IV: Multimedia Chapter 11: Congress at the Kitchen Table: Religious Right Applications of Moral Home Economics to Federal Economic Policy Rebecca Barrett-Fox Chapter 12: Graphic Radicals: Understanding the Crash and the Art of Resistance Sarah Hamblinshow more

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