This essay reads twenty-first-century credit scoring against eighteenth- and nineteenth-century forms of credit evaluation. While the latter famously draws its qualitative model of credibility from the novel, and the former predictably describes itself as quantitative and impersonal, in fact the credit score, the social person, and literary character remain significantly entangled. Through a reading of Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story, this essay shows what kinds of persons the practice of credit rating produces.
Bad Credit: The Character of Credit Scoring
ANNIE McCLANAHAN is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently completing two book projects: Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st-Century Culture, and a co-authored book on theories of capitalist crisis.
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Annie McClanahan; Bad Credit: The Character of Credit Scoring. Representations 1 May 2014; 126 (1): 31–57. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2014.126.1.31
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