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Thursday, December 3rd, 6PM in Broadcasting Place BPAG10 (Woodhouse Lane, opposite the Fenton)
In the wake of the financial crisis, cultural critics were quick to ask ‘what […] is the best “narrative of the meltdown”?’
In the weeks and months following the crash, literary representations entered into a competitive exchange to tackle the subject of the credit crunch across musical theatre, stand-up comedy, television and film.
This talk will examine how writings for stage and screen have forged new understandings of the credit crunch in performance. Critiquing the impact of risk and crisis on twenty-first-century life, it will argue that new writings representing the events of 2007–2008 offer a significant critical space for consideration of the various pathways to, and the lived reality of, financialisation in the neoliberal contemporary period.
Katy Shaw is Principal Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Subject Lead for English Literature at Leeds Beckett University. Her publications include: David Peace: Texts and Contexts (Sussex Academic Press, 2010); Mining the Meaning: Cultural Representations of the 1984-5 UK Miners’ Strike (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012); and Crunch Lit (Bloomsbury, 2015).