Restless Subjects in Rigid Systems : Risk and Speculation in Millennial Fictions of the North American Pacific Rim Paperback / softback
The anticipatory logic of speculation and pre-emptive politics of risk are increasingly gaining significance in a globalising neoliberal world.
This study traces risk and speculation as aesthetic and political-economic strategies in factual and fictional discourses emerging at the North American Pacific Rim within a decade around 2000.
Its exemplary close readings in particular focus on three fictional texts (Kathryn Bigelow's Hollywood film "Strange Days", 1995, Karen T Yamashita's novel "Tropic of Orange", 1997, and Larissa Lai's novel "Salt Fish Girl", 2002) whose intricate aesthetics pass perceptive critique on concurrent political-economic discourses and their subtle reconfiguration of race, class, and gender.
The speculative near-future scenarios projected by these artefacts expose the rise of risk as a new rationality of governance.
At the same time they illustrate neoliberal speculation as a new paradigm of subject formation at a hyper-capitalist, millennial Pacific Rim.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 312 pages
- Publisher: Transcript Verlag
- Publication Date: 15/12/2013
- Category: Literary studies: general
- ISBN: 9783837624168