The literary marketplace and the rise of neoliberalism

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Abstract / Description of output

Since the 1960s, structural shifts in the publishing industry and the wider economy – commonly denoted by the term “neoliberal” – have expanded and intensified the commercial pressures on the literary field. This chapter’s first section identifies the specific forms that neoliberalism has taken in the world of publishing and bookselling. The second section examines how recent novels by Kate Zambreno, Eugene Lim, and Jordy Rosenberg self-consciously negotiate the publishing industry’s simultaneous yet conflicting demands for novelty and familiarity, especially as they relate to expectations surrounding representations of femininity, race, ethnicity, and trans identity. The concluding section reads recent fiction by Helen DeWitt and Rachel Cusk as meditations on how, rather than simply decrying, or capitulating to, the growing power of literary marketing and promotion, the “serious” contemporary writer might – at least in principle – utilize that power precisely in order to stimulate consumer appetite for seriousness as a desirable literary quality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Literature and Economics
EditorsPaul Crosthwaite, Peter Knight, Nicky Marsh
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781009026550
ISBN (Print)9781316515754, 9781009012997
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Literature

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • neoliberalism
  • literary marketplace
  • market metafiction
  • publishing
  • autonomy
  • Kate Zambreno
  • Eugene Lim
  • Jordy Rosenberg
  • Helen DeWitt
  • Rachel Cusk


Dive into the research topics of 'The literary marketplace and the rise of neoliberalism'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this