Annie McClanahan

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Assistant Professor, English
School of Humanities

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010, English


University of California, Irvine
302 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Contemporary American literature and culture; Economic thought and history; Marxist theory; Theory of the novel
Academic Distinctions
Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison, System Fellow, 2016
Center for 21st Century Studies, UW-Milwaukee, Faculty Fellow, 2013-14
Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Faculty Fellow, 2012-13
Humanities Center, Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2011
Research Abstract
My first book, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture explores the ways that U.S. culture—from novels and poems to photojournalism and horror movies—has responded to the collapse of the financialized consumer credit economy in 2008. I'm also working on two new projects. The first explores discourses of economic stagnation, from classical political economy to Keynesian economics, focusing especially on the return of this anxiety in the post-2008 moment. The second is a cultural history of the rise of microeconomics, taking the measure of microeconomics’ influence on cultural production and critical theory across the long-20th century.
Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture, Stanford University Press (Post*45 series), November 2016.
“On Becoming Non-Economic: Human Capital Theory and Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos.theory and event. Forthcoming 2016.

“The Novelistic Individual in the Age of Microeconomics.” Timelines of American Literature. Eds. Cody Marrs and Christopher Hager (Johns Hopkins UP). Forthcoming 2017.

“Finance and Literature.” Transitions in American Literature: 2000-2010 Ed. Rachel Greenwald Smith (Cambridge UP). Forthcoming 2017.

“Introduction: Fictions of Speculation.” Co-authored with Hamilton Carroll. Journal of American Studies (Special issue: “Fictions of Speculation”) 49.4 (November 2015): 655-661.

“Bad Credit: The Character of Credit Scoring.” Representations (Special issue: “Financialization and the Culture Industry”) 126.1 (Spring 2014): 31-57.

“Investing in the Future: Finance Capital’s Philosophy of History.” The Journal of Cultural Economy (Special issue: “The Fictions of Finance”) 6.1 (January 2013): 78-93.

“Dead Pledges: Debt, Horror, and Credit Crisis.” Post-45: Peer Reviewed (April 2012), online.

“The Living Indebted: Student Militancy and the Financialization of Debt.” qui parle. 20.1 (Fall/Winter 2011): 57-77. Translated and reprinted in De la nueva miseria: la universidad in crisis, Ed. Joseba Fernandez (Madrid: Ediciones Akal, 2013).

“Coming Due: Accounting for Debt, Counting on Crisis.” South Atlantic Quarterly 110.2 (March 2011): 539-545.

“Future’s Shock: Preemption, Plausibility, and the Fiction of 9/11.” symploke (17.1-2), November 2009: 41-62.
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