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dc.contributor.advisorCohen, Samueleng
dc.contributor.authorWatts, Steveneng
dc.date.issued2020eng
dc.date.submitted2020 Springeng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI--COLUMBIA AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This dissertation looks at contemporary social movements and novels through the lenses of sociology and infrastructuralism. I argue that there is a growing field of novels concerned with crises of inequality and that the formal innovations in these novels are representations of how social movements understand and intervene with the infrastructural facilitation of inequality. The first chapter uses accounts of Occupy Wall Street to understand how the movement conceptualized class inequality as a result of hierarchical power and attempted to implement horizontal tactics including the people's microphone. I then look to Ben Lerner's novel 10:04 and Rachel Kushner's novel The Flamethrowers to illustrate formal experimentation with horizontal voice. The second chapter examines the concept of infrastructural blockade, which highlights people's relationship on resources taken from marginalized communities, used by the protestors at Standing Rock to illustrate the function of affective blockades to illuminate environmental injustice in Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being and Nell Zink's The Wallcreeper. The third chapter looks to the airport protests that arose in opposition to President Trump's Executive Order 13769, a proposed travel ban, to illustrate the relationship between movement of people and movement of resources, before looking to how Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and Mohsin Hamid use fantastic transportation structures to show migration delinked from the need or demand for labor and resources. Each chapter features a social movement that emphasizes infrastructure and two novels that represent that social movement's concern in distinct ways.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extent1 online resource (iv, 190 pages)eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/78127
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess to files is limited to the University of Missouri--Columbia.eng
dc.subject.otherEnglisheng
dc.titleOccupy, blockade, circulate : narrating community in 21st century crisis fictioneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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