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Watson, D. (2019). Failing States, Human (In)Security, and the American World Novel. New Global Studies, 13(1), 80-101
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2019 (English)In: New Global Studies, ISSN 1940-0004, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 80-101Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a growing number of contemporary American novelists take the world and its socio-cultural and geopolitical complexity as their subject matter, the contemporary novel's form and sense of worldliness are shifting. Twenty-first century US fiction challenges normative models of the world proposed by theories of cosmopolitan relationality by projecting fragile worlds of strife and trauma, in which violence accompanies geopolitical turbulence. In these novels, discourses around human security-the everyday security needs of vulnerable populations-are increasingly prominent. Accordingly, contemporary US fiction often incorporates within its geopolitical imaginary such issues as human rights, humanitarian interventions, development, and how life is disabled by prejudice, civil war, scarcity, and health or other crises. In this essay, I range across a number of works by contemporary American novelists such as Dave Eggers, Jennifer Egan, Denis Johnson, Dana Spiotta, and Bob Shacochis in which state failures as well as human and geopolitical security concerns impact on the form given to the world by these novelists. In their novels, narratives concerning human security as well as threats to geopolitical stability produce transnational geographies in which global interconnections and circulation intensify feelings of insecurity.

Keywords
US fiction, world novel, human security, state failure, humanitarian interventions
National Category
Specific Literatures
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383877 (URN)10.1515/ngs-2019-0005 (DOI)000466571400005 ()
Available from: 2019-06-12 Created: 2019-06-12 Last updated: 2020-02-06Bibliographically approved
Watson, D. (2018). Europe. In: Kevin J. Hayes (Ed.), Herman Melville in Context: (pp. 55-63). Cambridge University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Europe
2018 (English)In: Herman Melville in Context / [ed] Kevin J. Hayes, Cambridge University Press, 2018, p. 55-63Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2018
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358285 (URN)9781316755204 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2018-12-19Bibliographically approved
Watson, D. (2018). "The Original Romance of America": Transnational Networks in Theodore Parker's American Literary History. In: Helgesson, Stefan;Mörte Alling, Annika; Lindqvist, Yvonne; Wulff, Helena (Ed.), World Literatures: Exploring the Cosmopolitan--Vernacular Exchange (pp. 59-69). Stockholm: Stockholm University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"The Original Romance of America": Transnational Networks in Theodore Parker's American Literary History
2018 (English)In: World Literatures: Exploring the Cosmopolitan--Vernacular Exchange / [ed] Helgesson, Stefan;Mörte Alling, Annika; Lindqvist, Yvonne; Wulff, Helena, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018, p. 59-69Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018
Series
Stockholm English studies, ISSN 2002-0163 ; 3
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372182 (URN)978-91-7635-079-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-06 Created: 2019-01-06 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved
Watson, D. (2017). Beautiful Walls: A Response to Johannes Voelz. American Literary History, 29(3), 625-628
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2017 (English)In: American Literary History, ISSN 0896-7148, E-ISSN 1468-4365, Vol. 29, no 3, p. 625-628Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay offers a brief response to Johannes Voelz’s call for an engagement with the aesthetics of security and, in particular, insecurity. It raises the question of whether there exists a co-constitutive relationship between the politics and practices of security and its aesthetics, and, more broadly, seeks to identify some of the questions and areas of investigation that might result from a literary study of security and securitization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335632 (URN)10.1093/alh/ajx015 (DOI)000409092200011 ()
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
Watson, D. (2017). Derivative Creativity: The Financialization of the Contemporary American Novel. European Journal of English Studies, 21(1), 93-105
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Derivative Creativity: The Financialization of the Contemporary American Novel
2017 (English)In: European Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1382-5577, E-ISSN 1744-4233, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 93-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article offers a critical analysis of financialisation as a conceptual category for making sense of contemporary American fiction. Examining the rise of the figure of the creative entrepreneur as well as a range of contemporary fiction, the author argues that, to make sense of these developments and texts, we need to attend to how they reproduce the logic of finance, and in particular that of the financial instrument of the derivative. Like the financial derivative, the novels the author examines are future-oriented: they calculate and speculate on the ways they feed forward into new iterations and media. In addition, the texts and their authors are embedded within entrepreneurial networks within which different fields and competencies are brought into relation with one another. Through these conjunctures, the logic of finance becomes that of the contemporary novel.

Keywords
Financialisation, derivative, entrepreneurship, creativity, contemporary novel
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317115 (URN)10.1080/13825577.2016.1274545 (DOI)000396175700007 ()
Available from: 2017-03-10 Created: 2017-03-10 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Watson, D. (2016). Derivative Creativity and the Financialization of the Contemporary American Novel. In: : . Paper presented at Presumed Autonomy.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Derivative Creativity and the Financialization of the Contemporary American Novel
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295849 (URN)
Conference
Presumed Autonomy
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-10
Watson, D. (2016). Falling Forward: Speculation and Risk in the Contemporary American Novel. In: : . Paper presented at Fragile Futures Conference (Durham University).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Falling Forward: Speculation and Risk in the Contemporary American Novel
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Specific Literatures
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295855 (URN)
Conference
Fragile Futures Conference (Durham University)
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-10
Watson, D. (2016). Introduction: Security Studies and American Literary History. American Literary History, 28(4), 663-676
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Security Studies and American Literary History
2016 (English)In: American Literary History, ISSN 0896-7148, E-ISSN 1468-4365, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 663-676Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-316435 (URN)10.1093/alh/ajw049 (DOI)000392739400001 ()
Available from: 2017-03-01 Created: 2017-03-01 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Watson, D. (2016). Security, Dataveillance, and the Information Aesthetic of Amy Waldman’s The Submission. In: : . Paper presented at Control: the 2016 Conference of the SLSAeu.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Security, Dataveillance, and the Information Aesthetic of Amy Waldman’s The Submission
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Specific Literatures
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295852 (URN)
Conference
Control: the 2016 Conference of the SLSAeu
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-10
Watson, D. (2016). The Double Life of Risk. In: : . Paper presented at Cultures of Risk (Sussex University).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Double Life of Risk
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Specific Literatures
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295853 (URN)
Conference
Cultures of Risk (Sussex University)
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-10
Organisations
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