Abstract

This article considers how Monica Ali’s novel In the Kitchen is informed by and participates in the circulation of ideas about the superior psychology of the flexible self, a self crucial to the ideologies of work manifest in neoliberal management practice and government policy. I argue that, as it refracts Ali’s own controversial career, the novel is a form of the same self-referencing introspection that it positions at the heart of flexible, creative, self-managing work.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-658X
Print ISSN
0026-7724
Pages
pp. 529-548
Launched on MUSE
2012-09-28
Open Access
No
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