This paper argues that the “debt narrative,” quite like the Rosetta Stone, is a historical, symbolic, and aesthetic way for us to decipher the interfaces between the three languages of economy, politics, and ethics. Debt narrative is not a simple figure of speech, literature, or thought; it acts, powerfully, in the real world. As in Europe today, the pressure of debts is related to a lack of credit for democracy and the future. Among the many examples of this relationship, the paper highlights Resistance Is Useless (Resistere non serve a niente), a novel by Walter Siti.
The Debt Narrative and the Credit Crunch of Democracy
emmanuel bouju is a professor of comparative literature at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle and a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He has been a visiting professor at Indiana University Bloomington and at Harvard University. Professor Bouju’s publications include Épimodernes. Nouvelles “leçons américaines” sur l’actualité du roman (Codicille, 2020), Fragments d’un discours théorique (Éditions Nouvelles Cécile Defaut, 2016), and La transcription de l’histoire. Essai sur le roman européen de la fin du vingtième siècle (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2006).
Emmanuel Bouju; The Debt Narrative and the Credit Crunch of Democracy. differences 1 December 2020; 31 (3): 59–75. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-8744497
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