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Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago CANCELLED

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CANCELLED

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Center for American History and Culture Programs
American Literature Seminar

Ordering the Open Sysytem

Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago

Through the work of Joan Didion and Thomas Pynchon, this paper examines the vexed relationship between narrative order and a political commitment to open economies during the long decade from 1966 to 1979. That era is broadly understood as the movement from the American New Criticism to French Deconstruction, or those years when literary studies began to grapple with an emerging commitment to the “open text.” It might also be understood economically as those years when Labor was actively disciplined by a dogmatic commitment to the “open system.” How then does one structure or order the other?

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