This is an introduction to contemporary American and British literature that focuses on the economic dimensions of the literary world. In part this means the business side of literature: the publishing industry, the role of agents, the rising power of Amazon, the concentration of global sales and profits around a few blockbuster authors and brands, the spread of e-books and audiobooks, and the prevalence of adaptation between print and screen media. But we will also consider economics in a broader sense that includes the circulation of symbolic rewards: the so-called “economy of prestige,” which revolves less around money than around “reputational capital” and alternative currencies such as prizes, awards, and high-status MFA degrees or university professorships. Our approach will be to study a range of contemporary novels in some detail, learning about how they and their authors managed to succeed in a challenging fiction market and how they reflect in their stories or styles certain features of today’s literary marketplace. Texts might include such novels as Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad; Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones; Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go; Hugh Howie, Wool; Andy Weir, The Martian; and John Scalzi, The Dispatcher.