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After CritiqueTwenty-First-Century Fiction in a Neoliberal Age$
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Mitchum Huehls

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456221.001.0001

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We Have Never Been Neoliberal

We Have Never Been Neoliberal

Critique’s Complicity, Capitulation’s Promise

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(p.1) Introduction We Have Never Been Neoliberal
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After Critique
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Mitchum Huehls

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456221.003.0001

The introduction provides background on the concept of neoliberalism and lays out what I describe as the neoliberal circle—that is, neoliberalism’s ability to align both sides of a political debate or argument with its own interests. Given neoliberalism’s totalizing capture of political discourse, the introduction then explores how we might approach neoliberalism ontologically rather than as a matter of representation, belief, or ideology. This ontological shift requires a new understanding of how meaning and value are produced, as well as a new approach to politics. The introduction ends with a discussion of contemporary fiction and its relationship to postmodernism and post-postmodernism, arguing that fiction written in the twenty-first century has begun negotiating the ontological turn that neoliberalism requires much better than earlier literary forms ever did.

Keywords:   neoliberal circle, ontology, politics, critique, contemporary fiction, postmodernism, post-postmodernism

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