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

Mitchum Huehls


This book identifies an ontological turn in contemporary US fiction that distinguishes our current literary moment from both postmodernism and so-called post-postmodernism. This turn to ontology takes many forms, but in general this book highlights a body of literature—work from Colson Whitehead, Uzodinma Iweala, Karen Yamashita, Helena Viramontes, Percival Everett, Mat Johnson, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Tom McCarthy—that favors presence over absence, being over meaning, and connection over reference. These authors’ interest in producing literary value ontologically rather than representationa ... More

Keywords: critique, neoliberalism, contemporary US fiction, politics, ontology

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190456221
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mitchum Huehls, author
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, UCLA

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