Northwestern University

Nov
15
Tue 5:15 PM

Annie McClanahan: The Culture of Secular Stagnation

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When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM  

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum Room #201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Jill Mannor   847.467.3970

Group: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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Description:

Annie McClanahan (English/UC Irvine) is author of Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis and Twenty-First Century Culture (Stanford University Press).

Dead Pledges is the first book to explore the ways that U.S. culture—from novels and poems to photojournalism and horror movies—has responded to the collapse of the financialized consumer credit economy in 2008.

Connecting debt theory to questions of cultural form, this book argues that artists, filmmakers, and writers have re-imagined what it means to owe and to own in a period when debt is what makes our economic lives possible. Encompassing both popular entertainment and avant-garde art, the post-crisis productions examined here help to map the landscape of contemporary debt: from foreclosure to credit scoring, student debt to securitized risk, microeconomic theory to anti-eviction activism. A searing critique of the ideology of debt, Dead Pledges dismantles the discourse of moral obligation so often invoked to make us repay. Debt is no longer a source of economic credibility, it contends, but is a system of dispossession that threatens the basic fabric of social life.

This talk is co-presented by the American Cultures Colloquium and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities as part of the Institute's 2016-2017 Debt Dialogue Series.

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