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Ordering the Open Sysytem
Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Through the work of Joan Didion and Thomas Pynchon, this paper examines the vexed relationship between narrative order and a political commitment to open economies during the long decade from 1966 to 1979. That era is broadly understood as the movement from the American New Criticism to French Deconstruction, or those years when literary studies began to grapple with an emerging commitment to the “open text.” It might also be understood economically as those years when Labor was actively disciplined by a dogmatic commitment to the “open system.” How then does one structure or order the other?
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