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Dead Pledges – Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture - Stanford Scholarship Online
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Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture

Annie McClanahan


Dead Pledges is a study of our contemporary culture of debt. Examining novels, poems, artworks, photographs, and films produced in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, this book aims to show how US cultural texts have grappled with the rise and fall of the financialized consumer credit economy. It argues that debt is such a ubiquitous yet elusive social form that we can most clearly understand it by looking at how our culture has sought to represent it. Whether popular entertainment or avant-garde art, post-crisis cultural texts allow us to map the landscape of contemporary debt: from for ... More

Keywords: cultural theory, economic history, debt, financialization, crisis, contemporary culture, politics of debt, Marxist theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804799058
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804799058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annie McClanahan, author
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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