National stories and narrative voice in the fiction of Joshua Ferris
Maxey, Ruth (2016) National stories and narrative voice in the fiction of Joshua Ferris. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 57 (2). pp. 208-216. ISSN 1939-9138
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2015.1019410
In his début novel, Then We Came to the End (2007), Joshua Ferris narrates his story of a pre-9/11 Chicago advertising agency in the first-person plural. Such narrative experimentation recurs across his fiction and is often linked to national concerns. This essay analyzes narrative voice, personal pro- nouns, and the state of the nation, investigating a writer whose work has received much popular attention but little academic interest to date.
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