© 2019

World Literature, Neoliberalism, and the Culture of Discontent

  • Sharae Deckard
  • Stephen Shapiro
  • Winner of the 2019 British Association for Contemporary Literature Edited Collection Prize

  • Brings together perspectives from different fields (hemispheric American and Latin American studies, world literature, postcolonial studies, environmental humanities)

  • Furthers the emerging field of world-systems and world-ecology by deepening its theoretical frameworks and developing new methodologies


Part of the New Comparisons in World Literature book series (NCWL)

Table of contents

About this book


This book explains neoliberalism as a phenomenon of the capitalist world-system. Many writers focus on the cultural or ideological symptoms of neoliberalism only when they are experienced in Europe and America. This collection seeks to restore globalized capitalism as the primary object of critique and to distinguish between neoliberal ideology and processes of neoliberalization. It explores the ways in which cultural studies can teach us about aspects of neoliberalism that economics and political journalism cannot or have not: the particular affects, subjectivities, bodily dispositions, socio-ecological relations, genres, forms of understanding, and modes of political resistance that register neoliberalism. Using a world-systems perspective for cultural studies, the essays in this collection examine cultural productions from across the neoliberal world-system, bringing together works that might have in the past been separated into postcolonial studies and Anglo-American Studies.


Genre Affect Postcolonial Economics Ideology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sharae Deckard
    • 1
  • Stephen Shapiro
    • 2
  1. 1.DublinIreland
  2. 2.CoventryUK

About the editors

Sharae Deckard is Lecturer in World Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her recent publications include Marxism, Postcolonial Studies and the Future of Critique (co-edited with Rashmi Varma); Paradise Discourse, Imperialism and Globalization; and special issues of Ariel and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on world literature.

Stephen Shapiro is Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His most recent publications include Pentecostal Modernism: Lovecraft, Los Angeles and World-Systems Culture and Neoliberalism and Contemporary American Literature (co-edited with Liam Kennedy).

Bibliographic information


“Readers primarily trained in literary studies will find the chapters accessible, with many focusing on how elements of narrative … reify or intimate a resistance to the excesses of neo-liberalism. … the book’s nuanced commentaries on the ever-pernicious effects of capital, in an age where culture itself reproduces the inequalities of capital accumulation, reveals the limitations of locating literary studies solely within the realm of cultural production.” (Ann Ang, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, November 1, 2020)