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Writing Precarity: Neoliberalism and the Globalized Atlantic

Writing Precarity: Neoliberalism and the Globalized Atlantic NAJNIN ISLAM Writing Precarity: Neoliberalism and the Globalized Atlantic Alexandra Perisic, Precarious Crossings: Immigration, Neoliberalism, and the Atlan- tic. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2019. ix + 221 pp. $29.95. n a 2019 issue of South Atlantic Quarterly titled “Neoliberal- ism’s Authoritarian (Re)turns,” editors Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore question the usefulness of the term neoliberalism to describe our contemporary moment marked by “the tawdry array of authoritarian (re)turns that have been witnessed in vari- ous parts of the world in the decade since the global financial cri - sis of 2008―from Trump to Turkey, from the Brexit debacle to the Brazilian coup, and much else besides.” This is but one example of contemporary skepticism toward the idea of neoliberalism, es- pecially what it means, how it is used as an idea and a practice in die ff rent ways across global contexts, and what processes it cannot adequately account for. However, even as scholars acknowledge that the meaning of neoliberalism is not always readily apparent, they remain invested in understanding its inu fl ence on the cultural sphere. Literary scholarship in this area has sought to demonstrate how neoliberalism inu fl ences not only literary form and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

Writing Precarity: Neoliberalism and the Globalized Atlantic

Contemporary Literature , Volume 62 (1) – Mar 10, 2022

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NAJNIN ISLAM Writing Precarity: Neoliberalism and the Globalized Atlantic Alexandra Perisic, Precarious Crossings: Immigration, Neoliberalism, and the Atlan- tic. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2019. ix + 221 pp. $29.95. n a 2019 issue of South Atlantic Quarterly titled “Neoliberal- ism’s Authoritarian (Re)turns,” editors Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore question the usefulness of the term neoliberalism to describe our contemporary moment marked by “the tawdry array of authoritarian (re)turns that have been witnessed in vari- ous parts of the world in the decade since the global financial cri - sis of 2008―from Trump to Turkey, from the Brexit debacle to the Brazilian coup, and much else besides.” This is but one example of contemporary skepticism toward the idea of neoliberalism, es- pecially what it means, how it is used as an idea and a practice in die ff rent ways across global contexts, and what processes it cannot adequately account for. However, even as scholars acknowledge that the meaning of neoliberalism is not always readily apparent, they remain invested in understanding its inu fl ence on the cultural sphere. Literary scholarship in this area has sought to demonstrate how neoliberalism inu fl ences not only literary form and

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Contemporary LiteratureUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Mar 10, 2022

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