112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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The “Defective and Disqualified Consumer”: Sylvia Plath, Existentialism, and the Proto-Neoliberal Regime

Ryan Leack, University of California, Riverside

The paper examines several of Sylvia Plath’s poems within a neoliberalist and existentialist framework that locates her depression in both the oppression of a patriarchal, “post-ideological” capitalism, and in the objective meaninglessness of the cosmos itself, thus waging a war on Plath from both political and personal fronts.

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