Neoliberalism and Cultural Transition in New Zealand Literature, 1984-2008 : Market Fictions
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.
- Hardback | 262 pages
- 163 x 235 x 24mm | 522g
- 25 Nov 2015
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
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 Bibliography
Jennifer Lawn successfully demonstrates that there is a body of New Zealand literature written in response to neoliberal reforms. Her argument is not just true, it's also important. Lawn's work, and hopefully future work that builds on her analysis, strengthens our cultural knowledge about our recent past. * Landfall *
About Jennifer Lawn
Jennifer Lawn is senior lecturer in English at Massey University, Auckland.