After Critique: Twenty-First-Century Fiction in a Neoliberal Age by Mitchum HuehlsAfter Critique: Twenty-First-Century Fiction in a Neoliberal Age by Mitchum Huehls

After Critique: Twenty-First-Century Fiction in a Neoliberal Age

byMitchum Huehls

Hardcover | February 15, 2016

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Periodizing contemporary fiction against the backdrop of neoliberalism, After Critique identifies a notable turn away from progressive politics among a cadre of key twenty-first-century authors. Through authoritative readings of foundational texts from writers such as Percival Everett, HelenaViramontes, Uzodinma Iweala, Colson Whitehead, Tom McCarthy, and David Foster Wallace, Huehls charts a distinct move away from standard forms of political critique grounded in rights discourse, ideological demystification, and the identification of injustice and inequality.The authors discussed in After Critique register the decline of a conventional leftist politics, and in many ways even capitulate to its demise. As Huehls explains, however, such capitulation should actually be understood as contemporary U.S. fiction's concerted attempt to reconfigure the nature ofpolitics from within the neoliberal beast. While it's easy to dismiss this as post-ideological fantasy, Huehls draws on an array of diverse scholarship--most notably the work of Bruno Latour--to suggest that an entirely new form of politics is emerging, both because of and in response toneoliberalism. Arguing that we must stop thinking of neoliberalism as a set of norms, ideological beliefs, or market principles that can be countered with a more just set of norms, beliefs, and principles, Huehls instead insists that we must start to appreciate neoliberalism as a post-normativeontological phenomenon. That is, it's not something that requires us to think or act a certain way; it's something that requires us to be in and occupy space in a certain way. This provocative treatment of neoliberalism in turn allows After Critique to reimagine our understanding of contemporaryfiction and the political possibilities it envisions.
Mitchum Huehls is Associate Adjunct Professor of English at University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Qualified Hope: A Postmodern Politics of Time.
Title:After Critique: Twenty-First-Century Fiction in a Neoliberal AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.03 inPublished:February 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: We Have Never Been Neoliberal: Critique's Complicity, Capitulation's Promise1. Turning to Presence: The Contingent Persons of Human Rights Literature2. Embracing Objects: Public and Private Space in Literary Los Angeles3. Objectifying Race: Or, What African American Literature Is4. Welcoming the World: Post-Ecological FictionCoda: Accounting 101: Reading the ExomodernNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Arguments against the use of the term neoliberalism focus on how ubiquitous it has become, and as a result on how it has lost its critical specificity. After Critique offers a different perspective by arguing with admirable wit and clarity that the term circulates so much in the presentmoment because it is literally ubiquitous." --Min Hyoung Song, author of The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American