Narratives of consumption: Postmodern American fiction's engagement with consumer culture
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The focus of this study stems from the tendencies in postmodern fiction to address concerns related to consumer culture, whether it is through a recognition of semiological instabilities or through an analysis of consumer practices. In addition, the authors chosen display a particular awareness of their position within the economy of cultural production, an awareness that informs the content of the novels at the same time that it places the texts in an engagement with the culture they critique. The analyses of Don DeLillo's White Noise , Ishmael Reed's Japanese by Spring , and Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections are designed primarily to consider the authors' commentary on contemporary American culture, and secondly, to question the impact of this commentary on the abilities to construct meaningful experience and individual identity within the context of the consumerism that defines these works.