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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 163 x 235 x 24mm | 522g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739177419
  • 9780739177419
  • 1,826,515

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
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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 *
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About Jennifer Lawn

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