Annie McClanahan

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Associate Professor, English
School of Humanities
Co-Director, Black Studies Cluster
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
UCHRI Residential Research Group Fellow, 2020
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
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Assistant Professor, 2011-2016
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—responded to the collapse of the financialized consumer credit economy in 2008. More recent research projects have considered the rise of microeconomics and methodological individualism, the cultural and intellectual history of stagnation discourse, the relationship between "neoliberalism" and the history of the university, the politics and theory of sexwork, and Marxist-feminism theories of social reproduction. My new book project, "Tipwork, Gigwork, Microwork: Culture and the Wages of Service" takes up the rise of service work by attending to contemporary cultural forms from TV to conceptual art.
Awards and Honors
Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) Best Book of 2017 (for Dead Pledges)
Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture Stanford University Press (Post*45 series), November 2016.
Essays and Chapters
"Service Work, Sex Work, and the 'Prostitute Imaginary,'" co-written with Jon-David Settell, South Atlantic Quarterly 2021.

"Serious Crises: Rethinking the Neoliberal Subject" boundary 2 2019.

"Life Expectancies: Mortality, Exhaustion, and Economic Stagnation" theory & event. April 2019.

"Late, Autumnal, Immiserating, Terminal: Introduction to Cultures of Secular Stagnation" theory & event. April 2019.

"TV and Tipworkification" Post45. January 2019.

"Introduction: The Spirit of Capital in the Age of Deindustrialization" Post45. January 2019.

"The Novelistic Individual in the Age of Microeconomics.” Timelines of American Literature. Eds. Cody Marrs and Christopher Hager (Johns Hopkins UP). January 2019.

"Secular Stagnation and the Discourse of Reproductive Limit" The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics Eds. Matthew Seybold and Michelle Chihara (Routledge). 2018.

"On Becoming Non-Economic: Human Capital Theory and Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos. theory and event. April 2017.

"Financialization.” Transitions in American Literature: 2000-2010 Ed. Rachel Greenwald Smith (Cambridge UP). 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.

Book Reviews and Public Writing
"Your Money or Your Life: On Jane Elliott's The Microeconomic Mode" NOVEL (September 2020).

"Life Without Parole: On Phil Neel's Hinterland and Jackie Wang's Carceral Capitalism." COMMUNE (Winter 2018).

"De te fabula narratur: On Arne De Boever's Finance Fictions: Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis." Critical Inquiry (Fall 2018).

"Stop Calling Millennials the Facebook Generation. They're the Student Loan Generation." Forward (August 8, 2017).

"The Wrong Side of History: On the Yale Unionization Efforts" Los Angeles Review of Books (May 16, 2017).
Mellon New Directions Fellowship (2017-19)
Other Experience
Post45: Peer Reviewed
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