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In the late 1970s, a Jeff Koons art exhibit featured mounted vacuum cleaners lit by fluorescent tube lighting and identified by their product names: New Hoover Quik Broom, New Hoover Celebrity IV. Raymond Carver published short stories such as “Are These Actual Miles?” that cataloged the furniture, portable air conditioners, and children’s bicycles in a family home. Some years later the garbage barge Mobro 4000 turned into an international scandal as it spent months at sea, unable to dump its trash as it was refused by port after port.
Tim Jelfs’s The Argument about Things in the 1980s considers all this and more in a broad study of the literature and culture of the “long 1980s.” It contributes to of-the-moment scholarly debate about material culture, high finance, and ecological degradation, shedding new light on the complex relationship between neoliberalism and cultural life. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 1: The Triumph of Neoliberalism
  2. pp. 23-37
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  1. Chapter 2: After the Great Transformation
  2. pp. 38-51
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  1. Chapter 3: Rhopography and Realism
  2. pp. 52-76
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  1. Chapter 4: Matter Unmoored
  2. pp. 77-97
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  1. Chapter 5: At Peace with Things?
  2. pp. 98-116
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  1. Chapter 6: All That Fall
  2. pp. 117-140
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 151-172
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 173-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-216
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781946684264
Related ISBN
9781946684233
MARC Record
OCLC
1032719981
Pages
228
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-30
Language
English
Open Access
No
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