Publisher description for American literature and the free market, 1945-2000 / Michael W. Clune.


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The years after World War Two have seen a widespread fascination with the free market. Michael W. Clune considers this fascination in postwar literature. In the fictional worlds created by works ranging from Frank O'Hara's poetry to nineties gangster rap, the market is transformed, offering an alternative form of life, distinct from both the social visions of the left and the individualist ethos of the right. These ideas also provide an unsettling example of how art takes on social power by offering an escape from society. American Literature and the Free Market presents a new perspective on a number of wide ranging works for readers of American post-war literature.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Economics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Free enterprise -- Social aspects -- United States.