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A quantity within the American Literatures Initiative.
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More startling, the protagonists uncover corruption on a massive scale and learn about the lethal dimensions of the New Economy. The novels recycle narrative codes to intervene in the ethically ennobled discourse of neoliberal cosmopolitanism that appropriates the culturally complex or global “American” laboring subject. Chapter 5, “Food Writing and Transnational Belonging in Global Consumer Culture,” examines how belonging is produced and where it resides in the transnational citizenship discourse of globalization.
As McRobbie explains the new sexual contract of feminine modes of citizenship in contemporary neoliberal consumer culture, “The visual (and verbal) discourses of public femininity … come to occupy an increasingly spectacular set of sites, events, narratives, and occasions within the cultural milieu” (Aftermath of Feminism 60). While the destabilization of citizenship under neoliberalism has had exclusionary effects for Asian American women, it has also paradoxically enabled a new level of visibility for belonging because it requires public “evidence” of Asian American women’s adherence to the market fundamentalism of neoliberalism that has pervaded social life and thought and come to define Americanness.
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