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Title: Past tense, present perfect, future even better : positive thinking in contemporary American literature
Author: Lower, Evan
ISNI:       0000 0004 9356 7646
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2020
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This thesis explores American literature of the last 25 years that has staged a debate with positive thinking—a century-old American self-help discipline—and the symbiotic relationship it has formed with neoliberal capitalism. I will connect positive thinking, along with its contemporary institutionalized form within positive psychology, to theories of neoliberal governmentality. I will be using the various short stories, novels, and poetry in this thesis to discover the multivalent implications, connotations, and applications of positive thinking as a term and a practice.
Supervisor: Kelly, Adam Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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