A Counterhistory of Innovation

John Leary

Wayne State University

I am associate professor of English at Wayne State University. I am author of A Cultural History of Underdevelopment: Latin America in the U.S. Imagination (Virginia 2016) and Keywords for the Age of Austerity: The New Lexicon of Inequality, under contract with Haymarket Books. My non-academic writing on inequality and the culture of neoliberalism can be found in Guernica, Jacobin, The New Inquiry, and The Awl.


“Innovation” is a ubiquitous word with a long history and a slippery meaning. Until the early 20th century, it was used to denounce false prophets and political dissidents. Shakespeare used the word in this way... [ view full abstract ]


  1. John Leary (Wayne State University)

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