The Resource Finance Fictions : Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis, Arne De Boever, (electronic resource)

Finance Fictions : Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis, Arne De Boever, (electronic resource)

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Finance Fictions : Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis
Title
Finance Fictions
Title remainder
Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis
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Arne De Boever
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Language
eng
Summary
A powerful reading of a mode of popular fiction made especially salient in an age of increasing financialization. Argues that contemporary realism has been shaped by the increasing abstraction by which neoliberal finance has come to rewrite what counts as real. Building on both established and emerging discussions of literature and finance, Finance Fictionstakes the measure of the tension between psychosis and realism in the contemporary finance novel. Revisiting such twentieth-century classics of the genre as Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities and Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, this book considers that the twenty-first century is witnessing the birth of a new kind of finance novel that in the face of an ongoing economic crisis, ever more frequent market crashes, and the politics of austerity, pursues a more realist approach to the actual workings of the economy. But what kind of realism would be attuned to today's economic reality of high-frequency trading, dominated by complex financial instruments like collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps, and digital algorithms operating at speeds faster than what human beings or computers can record? If Tom Wolfe in 1989 could still urge novelists to work harder to "tame the billion-footed beast of reality", it seems today's economic reality confronts us with a difference that is qualitative rather than quantitative: a new financial ontology requiring new modes of thinking and writing. Mobilizing the philosophical thought of Quentin Meillassoux in the close-reading of finance novels by Robert Harris, Michel Houellebecq, Ben Lerner and less well-known works of conceptual writing such as Mathew Timmons' Credit, Finance Fictions argues that realism is in for a speculative update if it wants to take on the contemporary economy-an "if" whose implications turn out to be deeply political. Part literary study and part philosophical inquiry, Finance Fictionsseeks to contribute to a new mindset for creative and critical work on finance in the twenty-first century. Features readings of popular novels, such as Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities" and Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho," as well as more recent works by Robert Harris, Michel Houellebecq, and others
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De Boever, Arne
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS374.M54
LC item number
D33 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • American fiction
  • Financial crises in literature
  • Finance in literature
  • Money in literature
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
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Finance Fictions : Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis, Arne De Boever, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Revisiting The bonfire of the vanities -- Psychotic realism in (American) psycho -- Financial realism in the Fear index -- The financial universe (after Meillassoux) -- Michel Houellebecq, finance novelist -- Financing the novel: Ben Lerner's 10:04 -- Conclusion
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823279197
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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WorldCat record--jaz
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt201ckmg
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1021035705
  • (OCoLC)on1021035705
Label
Finance Fictions : Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis, Arne De Boever, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Revisiting The bonfire of the vanities -- Psychotic realism in (American) psycho -- Financial realism in the Fear index -- The financial universe (after Meillassoux) -- Michel Houellebecq, finance novelist -- Financing the novel: Ben Lerner's 10:04 -- Conclusion
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823279197
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
WorldCat record--jaz
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt201ckmg
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1021035705
  • (OCoLC)on1021035705

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