Art and the Long Downturn

Art and the Long Downturn

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West Hollywood Public Library, Community Room
625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood

WHAP! Lecture Series

Cultural Policy and Ungovernability, 1967-1982

Sarah Brouillette is Professor of English at Carleton University, where she teaches contemporary literature, the history of the book, and social and cultural theory. She is the author of Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace (2007), Literature and the Creative Economy (2014), and a forthcoming study of the history of cultural policy.

Character, Genre, Labor

Jasper Bernes is the author of a scholarly book, The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization (Stanford, 2017), and two books of poetry, Starsdown (2007) and We Are Nothing and So Can You (2015). Together with Juliana Spahr and Joshua Clover, he edits Commune Editions. He lives in Berkeley with his family and teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.


Annie McClanahan is an Assistant Professor of English at University of California, Irvine. Her book Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. She has also published essays in theory & event, Representations, Post-45, The Journal of Cultural Economics, The Journal of American Studies, South Atlantic Quarterly, and others. She is currently at work on a second book project on the cultural and social history of microeconomics.

Michael Szalay studies the political economy of U.S. literature and media culture. His first two books (Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party and New Deal Modernism: American Literature and the Invention of the Welfare State) examine the relationship between literature, liberal governance, and economic crisis. He is now finishing a book on HBO. Szalay teaches at UC, Irvine, where he is the Director of the Culture, Law, and Capital Center, and Chair of the English Department. 

Speakers to be followed by audience discussion.