Neoliberalism and Cultural Transition in New Zealand Literature, 1984-2008

Neoliberalism and Cultural Transition in New Zealand Literature, 1984-2008 : Market Fictions

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Through the lens of New Zealand fiction, Neoliberalism and Cultural Transition in New Zealand Literature, 1984-2008 examines how the reprise of market-based economics has impacted cultural life in a decolonizing nation. Reading novels by Alan Duff, Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera, Maurice Gee, Eleanor Catton and other politically-engaged writers, Lawn argues that the terms of neoliberal choice, competition and self-determination, have proven both culturally affirmative and socially corrosive, reconfiguring the potentialities of collective life in an era of rapid reform.show more

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  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 163 x 236 x 23mm | 522g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739177419
  • 9780739177419
  • 1,468,111

About Jennifer Lawn

Jennifer Lawn is senior lecturer in English at Massey University, Auckland.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Introduction: Economy, Culture and Society in a Decolonizing State Chapter 2: Society: The Death of the Social Novel? Chapter 3: Politics: Freedom and Anxiety, from Provincial Angst to Post-Democracy Chapter 4: Indigeneity: The Literary Politics of Self-determination Chapter 5: Creativity: The Artist's Work in the Era of the Creative Economy Chapter 6: Conclusion: Joyless Social Democrats Endnotes Bibliographyshow more