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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 292–307.
Published: 01 August 2018
...—a grappling that is necessary for democracy—has, in neoliberal politics and aesthetics alike, been largely jettisoned in favor of expediency and the fantasy of total individual freedom. Turning to a reading of Rachel Kushner's novel The Flamethrowers , the essay finds that Kushner plays with the functions...
Journal Article
Novel (2018) 51 (2): 157–165.
Published: 01 August 2018
.... Smith suggests that Rachel Kushner does the same thing in The Flamethrowers , when her photographer protagonist relinquishes her power of selective vision and embraces a “compromise aesthetics” that allows authoritarianism to flourish. JM: If there is strategy in these examples, it operates...