My PhD project “Literature in Solidarity: Unemployment and Affect in Contemporary Fiction” analyzes contemporary novels about the unemployed in order to ask how literature can be of use in creating new group identities and solidarities. Drawing on theories from the recent affective turn in cultural studies and the social sciences, the project seeks to answer two overall questions: 1. How can we conceptualize the contemporary experience of unemployment? 2. How can literature be said to produce the grounds for new affective communities through its form and the affects it produces?
Literature in Solidarity: Unemployment and Affect in Contemporary Fiction