2018 marks the tenth anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, the beginning of widespread public awareness of the global financial crisis. In contrast to the assertions of experts in the years preceding the crash that the economy was simply too complex for individuals to understand, novels and films have emerged in the past decade as key genres in which to explore the causes and consequences of the financial crisis. This panel seeks to address two primary questions with regard to narratives of the financial crisis:
1) What is their ideological function, and
2) what is their ongoing cultural and historical significance?