Not too long ago, nothing was deemed “real.” Now, however, everything seems to be. Why is that, and when did this shift occur? This afterword argues that the influence of an “Arrighian realism” is making itself felt in emergent historical materialist reassessments of how to measure properly historical motion. After the “end of history,” in other words, history went on anyway. This afterword explores the various ways in which this phenomenon has manifested itself and considers how our special issue contributors have questioned and enriched our understanding of realism(s).
Afterword: Realism's Futures
colleen lye is associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the award-winning author of America's Asia (2005) and coeditor of a special issue of the journal Representations titled “Financialization and the Culture Industry” (2014); a special issue of MLQ, “Peripheral Realisms” (2012); and another special issue of Representations, “Forms of Asia” (2008). She is currently working on a book on the Asian American novel after 1968.
Colleen Lye; Afterword: Realism's Futures. Novel 1 August 2016; 49 (2): 343–357. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-3509083
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