This cluster celebrates the 2021 30-year anniversary of Douglas Coupland’s contemporary literary classic, Generation X (1991) focusing on the literary, visual, and broader (counter)cultural aspects of the novel and evaluating its legacy in the twenty-first century.
Each of our panelists contributed a short essay on Generation X and the ‘extreme present’ (Shumon Basar), irony (Mary McCampbell), work and futurity (Diletta De Cristofaro), the role of narrative (Andrew Tate), and, in the case of artist Makoto Fujimura, a painting inspired by the novel. We then came together, thinking with each other, in a virtual roundtable that spanned from our earliest encounters with Generation X to the keywords we each take away from the novel.
Our celebration of Coupland’s oeuvre will continue at the Douglas Coupland online conference on 23-24 April 2021. Do consider joining us!
This is one of six pieces in “Thirty Years of Generation X,” the latest installment in the Thinking With series. Explore the other pieces here:
Thirty Years of Generation X / Generation X Rewind / Makoto Fujimura
Thirty Years of Generation X / Isolated Little Cool Moments: the Life/Death of Irony in Generation X.” / Mary McCampbell
Thirty Years of Generation X / Generation Extreme / Shumon Basar
Thirty Years of Generation X / McJobs and Veal Fattening Pens: Work and Futurity in Generation X / Diletta De Cristofaro
Thirty Years of Generation X / Generation X: Deceleration and the Necessity of Narrative / Andrew Tate