Restless Subjects in Rigid Systems

Risk and Speculation in Millennial Fictions of the North American Pacific Rim

The anticipatory logic of speculation and preemptive politics of risk are increasingly gaining significance in a globalizing neoliberal world. This study traces risk and speculation as aesthetic and political-economic strategies in factual and fictional discourses emerging at the North American Pacific Rim within a decade around 2000. Its exemplary close readings in particular focus on three fictional texts (Kathryn Bigelow's Hollywood film »Strange Days«, 1995, Karen T. Yamashita's novel »Tropic of Orange«, 1997, and Larissa Lai's novel »Salt Fish Girl«, 2002) whose intricate aesthetics pass perceptive critique on concurrent political-economic discourses and their subtle reconfiguration of race, class, and gender. The speculative near-future scenarios projected by these artifacts expose the rise of risk as a new rationality of governance. At the same time they illustrate neoliberal speculation as a new paradigm of subject formation at a hyper-capitalist, millennial Pacific Rim.

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2013-12-02, 312 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2416-8

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Author(s)
Susanne Wegener
Book title
Restless Subjects in Rigid Systems Risk and Speculation in Millennial Fictions of the North American Pacific Rim
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
312
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-2416-8
DOI
Commodity Group
1564
BIC-Code
DSB JFC
BISAC-Code
LIT004020 LIT004120 SOC022000
THEMA-Code
DSB JBCC
Release date
2013-12-02
Edition
1
Topics
Literatur, Neoliberalismus, Amerika
Readership
Literary Studies, Media Studies, Economic Criticism, Critical Securitization Studies
Keywords/Tags
Speculative Fiction, Risk and Speculation, Pacific Rim, Bigelow, Yamashita, Lai, Literature, America, Neoliberalism, American Studies, British Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies

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