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“All I did was get this golden ticket”: Negative Emotions, Cruel Optimisms, and the Library Job Search
(In the Library with the Lead Pipe, 2019-08-07)
Drawing from survey results and interviews with recent job seekers, this article investigates the effect behind defeatist attitudes, anxieties, resiliency narratives, and intimacies that are central to librarian successes and failures. Connecting these narratives with Lauren Berlant’s cruel optimism, we explore the dangerous ...