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date: 23 October 2019

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Neoliberal thinking has substantially changed the landscape in which Canadian literature is written, published, and promoted, and it threads through celebratory narratives of globalization in various ways. As neoliberalism increasingly makes its mark on Canadian society, it has also started to become a preoccupation of Canadian writers, who contend with it to varying degrees and in different ways. This chapter examines the emerging engagement with neoliberal globalization in the work of writers such as Jeff Derksen, Rita Wong, Wendy Lill, and others, and also considers the implications of the influence of neoliberalism on the broader infrastructure in which Canadian literature is produced. The chapter concludes that, while writers who engage with neoliberalism, especially explicitly, are still a small minority in Canadian literature, the contours of neoliberalism will continue to shape the conditions in which Canadian writers live and work for the foreseeable future.

Keywords: neoliberalism, globalization, publishing, Canadian literature, Canadian writers

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