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National stories and narrative voice in the fiction of Joshua Ferris

Maxey, Ruth

Authors

RUTH MAXEY ruth.maxey@nottingham.ac.uk
Associate Professor



Abstract

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.

Citation

Maxey, R. (2016). National stories and narrative voice in the fiction of Joshua Ferris. Critique, 57(2), https://doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2015.1019410

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 22, 2015
Publication Date Feb 16, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 6, 2016
Journal Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction
Print ISSN 0011-1619
Electronic ISSN 1939-9138
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2015.1019410
Keywords Narrative voice; Joshua Ferris; America; Narratology; Collective narrator
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/36298
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2015.1019410
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 2016 http://www.tandfonline....0/00111619.2015.1019410

Ruth Maxey, "National Stories and Narrative Voice in the Fiction of Joshua Ferris", Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 57.2 (2016), 208-216, reproduced with permission of Taylor & Francis.

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