The emerging genre of ‘Crunch Lit’ uses fiction to respond to the 2007-2008 credit crisis. Focusing on different layers of city life, Faulks’s A Week in December (2009) and Lanchester’s Capital (2012) offer socio-economic cross sections of corporate architecture and town housing to generate new definitions of ‘capital’ cities. This article explores representations of a two-world London in these novels, a capital jointly populated by those who run and those who service city space. Offering insider views on the city – of ordinary houses now multi-million pound homes, and shifts in residence from frugal respectable citizens to decadent, debauched traders – these fictions foreground the breakdown of communities and emotional connections which occur as a result of the financial crisis. Representing financial architecture and minority invisibility, the article examines how and why Faulks’s A Week in December (2009) and Lanchester’s Capital (2012) offer the city as a lens through which to read the wider world.
|Number of pages||53|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|