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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

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

Mitchum Huehls

Oxford University Press

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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