Andrew Kopec, an assistant professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne, specializes in American literature to 1900. Bringing a literary studies approach to the new history of capitalism, which has typically addressed the institutions and historical personalities of finance, Kopec’s scholarship shows how early American literature exposes and aims to alter the social, psychological, temporal, and formal underpinnings of market culture. Seeking to understand contemporary neoliberalism, recent studies document the financialization of US culture that took root across the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Kopec’s first book (in progress), “The Pace of Panic: American Romanticism and the Business Cycle,” looks to the era before the Civil War to show how US literature engaged the dramatic economic swings alongside political economy’s and financial journalism’s struggles to understand the business cycle. The book, however, does more than offer an even earlier prehistory of neoliberalism: shifting the understanding of the American Romance in particular, it argues that romanticism’s signature optimism and the era’s business fluctuations were less antagonistic than intimately intertwined.


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