Dan Sinykin

Sinykin Profile

Dan Sinykin is a postdoctoral fellow in textual geographies. He specializes in contemporary American literature and digital humanities. His book manuscript, Neoliberal Apocalypse: American Literature and the Long Downturn, 1965-2016, argues that the economic crisis of the 1970s and the rise of neoliberalism established the conditions for a contemporary American literary form: the neoliberal apocalypse. Apocalyptic writing appears when groups perceive themselves as existentially threatened and hope seems foreclosed. At the point that change feels unimaginable, writers adopt apocalypse as a rhetorical form that remakes history and experience according to a trajectory that leads toward imminent cataclysm. Focusing on James Baldwin, William Luther Pierce, Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko, and David Foster Wallace, an unlikely group of US writers, Neoliberal Apocalypse reveals how contemporary American cultural and literary narratives have been shaped by the widespread tendency to figure our present as apocalyptic.

Sinykin has extended his research into economics and literature with an article on the literature of microfinance, published in Genre, and a digital humanities project (with Jessica Young) that reveals disparities in the use of economic discourse in the US novel according to the gender and race of the author between 1950 and 2000. He is at work on a second book, The Conglomerate Era: A Computational History of Literature in The Age of the Agent, that maps the transition from smaller, editor-run publishers to the Big Six conglomerates with their many imprints.

Contact Information
(574) 631-1631

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556