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Forecasts of the Past

Globalisation, History, Realism, Utopia

Dougal McNeill

Whatever happened to realism? What form is adequate to representing our moment, situated as we are after the end of ‘the end of History’? In the face of youth revolts and workers’ insurgencies from Cairo to London, it seems a good time to test the possibilities of alternative Marxist defences of contemporary realist fiction. Can realism’s techniques adequately represent the complexity of contemporary political organisation? This book reads key realist texts from recent decades in order to test their potential to produce the knowledge of history, industrial politics and the metropolis traditionally central to literary realism’s concerns. Positioning himself within and against the inspiration and models of Fredric Jameson’s literary theory, and drawing on innovative realist texts, the author seeks to draw the classic realism controversies of an earlier period in historical materialism into productive conversation with the debates framing the era of austerity.

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Adorno, Theodor 40, 227 Althusser, Louis 8 Armstrong, Nancy 53 Auden, W. H. 228–9 Auerbach, Erich 36, 181 Barker, Pat 51–2, 143–8, 155–83 Barthes, Roland 41, 43, 85 Beaumont, Matthew 4 Berman, Marshall 89 Booth, Wayne C. 50 Bourdieu, Pierre 109, 232 Brecht, Bertolt 8, 38 Brooker, Joseph 65, 79, 81, 85 Brooks, Peter 4, 229 Bukharin, Nikolai 238 Callinicos, Alex 7 Casanova, Pascale 34 Deutscher, Isaac 45, 47 Dickens, Charles 91, 102–3 Drabble, Margaret 62 Eagleton, Terry 11, 34, 47, 25–6, 213, 240, 245 Eco, Umberto 244 Eliot, George 42–3 Eliot, T. S. 108, 150, 169 Foley, Barbara 117, 154–5 Ford, Ford Madox 178–9 Furst, Lilian 205, 230 Gallagher, Catherine 234 Gardiner, Michael 128–9 Gee, Maurice 53, 185–224 Gibbon, Lewis Grassic 179 Gray, Alasdair 113, 237 Hames, Scott 114 Hardt, Michael see Negri, Antonio Harman, Chris 122, 123, 235 Hart, Matthew 64, 73 Harvey, David 54, 111, 235 Hatherley, Owen 247 Hensel, Kerstin 51, 115, 129–31 Hobsbawm, Eric 73, 150 Homer, Sean 17 Hutcheon, Linda 4, 7, 153 Hwang, Sok-Yong xiv Jameson, Fredric 1–4, 11–32, 83, 90–1, 110, 121, 190, 239–40 Archaeologies of the Future 3 Brecht and Method 58–9 The Political Unconscious 15 Joyce, James 95, 96, 107–8, 125–6, 241 Kelman, James 51, 110–14, 118–29, 132–6, 236–7 Lawrence, D. H. 234 Lazarus, Neil 55 Lukács, Georg 12, 13, 24, 26, 34, 66–9, 76,...

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