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Book/Printed Material Promissory notes : on the literary conditions of debt

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Title

  • Promissory notes : on the literary conditions of debt

Summary

  • "There is no doubt that the beginning of the twenty-first century was marked by crises of debt. Less well known is that literature played a historical role in defining and teaching debt to the public. Promissory Notes: On the Literary Conditions of Debt addresses how neoliberal finance has depended upon a historical linking of geopolitical inequality and financial representation that positions the so-called 'Third World' as negative value, or debt. Starting with an analysis of Anthony Trollope's novel, The Eustace Diamonds, Goodman shows how colonized spaces came to inhabit this negative value. Promissory Notes argues that the twentieth-century continues to apply literary innovations in character, subjectivity, temporal and spatial representation to construct debt as the negative creation of value not only in reference to objects, but also houses, credit cards, students, and, in particular, 'Third World' geographies, often leading to crisis. Yet, late twentieth century and early twenty-first literary texts, such as Soyinka's The Road and Ngugi's Wizard of the Crow, address the negative space of the indebted world also as a critique of the financial take-over of the postcolonial developmental state. Looking to situations like the Puerto Rican debt crisis, Goodman demonstrates how financial discourse is articulated through social inequalities and how literature can both expose and contest the imposition of a morality of debt as a mode of anti-democratic control"-- Back cover.

Names

  • Goodman, Robin Truth, 1966- author

Created / Published

  • [Amherst, Massachusetts] : Lever Press, [2018]
  • ©2018

Contents

  • Futures and fictions : the right to make promises and the object that never was -- Debt's geographies : inequality, or development's dance with dead capital.

Headings

  • -  Debt in literature
  • -  Literature and society
  • -  Debt--Social aspects
  • -  Neoliberalism
  • -  Equality
  • -  Democracy

Notes

  • -  Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-126).
  • -  Description based on print version record; resource not viewed.

Medium

  • 1 electronic resource (viii, 126 pages)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020715217

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  • Unrestricted online access

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Chicago citation style:

Goodman, Robin Truth, Author. Promissory Notes: On the Literary Conditions of Debt. [Amherst, Massachusetts: Lever Press, ©, 2018] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2020715217/.

APA citation style:

Goodman, R. T. (2018) Promissory Notes: On the Literary Conditions of Debt. [Amherst, Massachusetts: Lever Press, ©] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2020715217/.

MLA citation style:

Goodman, Robin Truth, Author. Promissory Notes: On the Literary Conditions of Debt. [Amherst, Massachusetts: Lever Press, ©, 2018] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2020715217/>.