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International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age

Over the course of the past twenty-five years, as neoliberal economics has transformed the geopolitical landscape, monsters have overrun popular culture. This book explores literary, televisual, filmic and dramatic works from distant and diverse countries. It traces the vampire's evolution from the nineteenth-century past of industrial capitalism to the neoliberal present's accelerated violence and corrupt precarity, and discusses the NBC television mini-series Dracula, perfectly encapsulating our own post-recessionary subjectivity. The book addresses state capitalism but turns readers' attention away from the vampire and towards the ghost, focusing on the ways in which such spectral figures have come to dominate new German theatre. On the biotechnology sector, the book presents three examples: cinematic depictions of the international organ trade in Asia, the BAFTA award winning three-part series In the Flesh broadcast in BBC3, and literary representations of the dehumanised South African poor. The book moves from the global to the local, and charts the ways in which post-2006 house owners are trapped in the house by the current economic situation, becoming akin to its long-term resident ghosts. The ghost estates, reanimated and reimagined by the Irish artists and film-makers, are shown to embody the price paid locally for failures in global economic policy. The preoccupation with states of liminality is encapsulated by showing that the borders of the nation state have become a permeable membrane. Through this membrane, the toxic waste of first world technology seeps out alongside the murderous economic imperatives of the neoliberal agenda.

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Neoliberal gothic

a global proliferation of gothic, and gothic-inflected, cultural artefacts. This collection engages with the ideological dimensions of such texts: specifically, the ways in which they articulate the social and existential consequences of thirty years of globalised laissez-faire capitalism. We contend, in other words, that the gothic texts of the neoliberal age can be seen to undertake the same kind of cultural work

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inmates are male (men also make up 88 per cent of parolees and 77 per cent of probationers). This suggests, in line with a rich strand of feminist scholarship on public policy, gender and citizenship,21 that the invention of the double regulation of the poor in America in the closing decades of the twentieth century partakes of an overall (re)masculinising of the state in the 9780719079740_C04.qxd 22/2/10 15:10 Page 80 80 Beyond the prison neoliberal age, which is in part an oblique reaction to (or against) the social changes wrought by the women’s movement and

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Zombie pharmacology In the Flesh

scientist’ with the insanity of the post-9/11 world to explore the ways in which bioscience has come to impact on identity formation in the neoliberal age. Being the site to which those liminal subjectivities deemed a threat to the public good are rendered, the Norfolk rehabilitation camp clearly evokes Guantánamo Bay. In Norfolk, as in Guantánamo, individuals are subject to acts of

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American Horror Story’s housing crisis

the neoliberal age, in which foreclosed houses are bought and taken back and sold again and again: over and on the financially dead bodies of the previous owners. The Montgomery house is, we learn in the final episode of the series, Vivien’s dream house. In the flashback that opens the episode, Ben tries to convince Vivien that a move to Los Angeles will help to save their

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Individuals, institutions, ideologies

the tensions in the move to independence of so many newly independent states. FIFA in the more contemporary setting of the twenty-first century represents a deeper set of contradictions and its public/sport diplomacy role has become increasingly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in a more deregulated and globalised, one might say neoliberal, world order. Toby Miller has convincingly argued that cultural citizenship has been threatened and re-framed in a neoliberal age in which a crisis of belonging has escalated for increasing numbers of people and peoples across

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Klein describes this, ‘three policy pillars of the neoliberal age’ are at odds with what we know we must do to ensure the sustainability of life on the planet. Those three pillars include, first, ‘the lowering of income and corporate taxes, paid for with cuts to public spending’: this is realized in the University sector by the systematic starving of higher education of public funding, and the reversion to private debt as a means of paying for the University. Next, we have ‘deregulation of the corporate sector’, through which corporate managers have been enabled to

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Ireland, 1991–2002’, Irish Geography, 39:2, 111–28. Gray, B. (2013) ‘Catholic church civil society activism and the neoliberal governmental project of migrant integration in Ireland’, in F. Gauthier and 3995 Migrations.qxd:text M IGRANT 5/8/13 11:39 INTEGRATION AND THE Page 77 C ATHOLIC C HURCH 77 T. Martikainen (eds) Religion in the Neoliberal Age. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 69–90. Gray, B. and R. O’Sullivan Lago (2011) ‘Chaplains in the Irish Catholic Church: a transnational religious social field’, Irish Journal of Sociology, 19:2, 93–109. Hardiman, N. (2006

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neoliberal age this means that care of the self increasingly comes to be seen as a matter for ‘us’ rather than ‘them’, with all that that implies for personal behaviour and political action. We have shown how the neoliberal state is reinventing itself as a key agent in a network of agents. It is establishing itself as a regulatory state rather than a providing state, downloading ‘risk’ and the management of risk to others (Newman, 2006). The impact of this on the welfare state, and on the health services in particular, is a constant sharing of ‘responsibility’; a constant

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Introduction The written self John Baker and Marion Leclair That our modern world is obsessed with selves is self-evident. From Margaret Thatcher’s claim in 1987 that ‘there is no such thing as society’ but only ‘individual men and women’ (and their families), to social network profiles replete with selfies, and the literary vogue of self-fiction (autofiction),1 the individual subject seems to be the very core of economic orthodoxy and production, political institutions, social relations and artistic creation alike in this our neoliberal age. Yet even a cursory

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