'"Crash Fiction": American Literary Novels of the Global Financial Crisis' will appear in a collection of essays entitled The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-first-Century Bust Culture.

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Daniel Mattingly - contrib to bookD‌aniel Mattingly, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University will have a chapter, entitled '"Crash Fiction":  American Literary Novels of the Global Financial Crisis' published as part of a collection of essays entitled The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-first-Century Bust Culture. The collection is edited by Kirk Boyle (UNC Asheville) and Daniel Mrozowski (Trinity College), and is to be published by Lexington Books on 16 October 2013 in the US, and on 1 December 2013 in the UK.

Dan's chapter is an introductory/survey chapter considering responses to and depictions of the Great Recession in American literary fiction, considering novels by Dave Eggers, Jess Walter, Adam Haslett, Jonathan Dee, and Joseph G. Peterson. 

The official synopsis for the book is as follows: 

"The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-First-Century Bust Culture sheds light on how imaginary works of fiction, film, and television reflect, refract, and respond to the recessionary times specific to the twenty-first century, a sustained period of economic crisis that has earned the title the "Great Recession." This collection takes as its focus "Bust Culture," a concept that refers to post-crash popular culture, specifically the kind mass produced by multinational corporations in the age of media conglomeration, which is inflected by diminishment, influenced by scarcity, and infused with anxiety.

The multidisciplinary contributors collected here examine mass culture not typically included in discussions of the financial meltdown, from disaster films to reality TV hoarders, the horror genre to reactionary representations of women, Christian right radio to Batman, television characters of colour to graphic novels and literary fiction. The collected essays treat our busted culture as a seismograph that registers the traumas of collapse, and locate their pop artefacts along a spectrum of ideological fantasies, social erasures, and profound fears inspired by the Great Recession. What they discover from these unlikely indicators of the recession is a mix of regressive, progressive, and bemused texts in need of critical translation." 

"The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television is a welcome addition the cultural analysis of the 2007 economic meltdown. It is an astutely edited volume that shows how “bust culture” became a textual emphasis in all manner of productions: film, fiction, television, and art. This is vital reading for those who are interested in how focal economic events become the material of textual expression."

— Stanley Corkin, University of Cincinnati

For further information:  http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com/ISBN/9780739180648