By Michael W. Clune
The years after global conflict have noticeable a frequent fascination with the loose marketplace. Michael W. Clune considers this fascination in postwar literature. within the fictional worlds created by means of works starting from Frank O'Hara's poetry to nineties gangster rap, the marketplace is reworked, delivering another type of lifestyles, designated from either the social visions of the left and the individualist ethos of the correct. those rules additionally offer an unsettling instance of ways paintings takes on social energy via supplying an get away from society. American Literature and the loose marketplace provides a brand new viewpoint on a couple of vast ranging works for readers of yank post-war literature.
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This is something we shall encounter again later in this book, and I want to linger for a moment over its strangeness. Plainview here is articulating the value of money itself. From the individual’s perspective, as I discussed in my introduction, money is typically thought in terms of a power of procuring whatever one happens to want. Its value lies in its effectiveness in realizing a wide range of desires. When it is said that money can’t buy happiness, that it can’t buy love, it is understood that it can buy practically everything else.
The mouth in the mirror cracked into a grin” (BJ 208). At first this passage reads, although in a curiously roundabout way, as if Esther has smiled at herself in the mirror, as if she has recognized herself. But suddenly a nurse runs in shouting and we realize that Esther has dropped the mirror and broken it. This information enables us to revise our understanding of the smile. Esther has not suddenly been cured of her mirror-phobia; the smile in the mirror is not a smile of recognition. The mouth that “cracks” into a grin is the mirror cracking.
I examine how these figures reproduce the key features of Esther’s insanity, but now locate the alternative to intersubjectivity in the economic. To gain a perspective on this development, in the third part of this chapter I construct a brief intellectual history of the concept of an economic fiction, centering on Karl Polanyi and Hannah Arendt. 1. For thinkers from Jacques Lacan to Martha Nussbaum, and from Charles Taylor to Gayatri Spivak, the social relation and individual consciousness have a single origin:Â€ the look of recognition.
American Literature and the Free Market, 1945-2000 by Michael W. Clune