By James Annesley
Examining contemporary American fiction in phrases associated with the starting to be appreciation of culture's position within the globalization debate, this e-book deals an leading edge, serious method of the research of latest literature. caused via the modern American novel's preoccupation with consumerism and the industry, this booklet considers the results those texts increase for the research of globalization and means that they provide distinct methods of figuring out and knowing modern social and fiscal contexts. faraway from easily reflecting current realities, "The Fictions of Globalization" reads modern writing's concentrate on intake and the industry because the signal of a efficient alternate among the forces of industrial coordination and the enduringly inventive and expressive styles of contemporary tradition.
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Determined to re-instate the cultural status of the drink, he purchases and consumes it alone. His actions suggests that Anis del Toro isn’t simply ‘liquorice’, but an emblem of his familiarity with Europe and a symbol for the kind of independent lifestyle he fears will be lost if the child is born. The fact that the brand name articulates a range of meanings linked to masculinity and sexual potency only adds to the importance of this particular scene and develops the general sense of the signiﬁcance of the Anis del Toro brand in the text.
A series of atrocities follow, with Victor implicated in various ways, before the cell implodes in violence. As the disintegration of the organization accelerates Victor is brieﬂy reunited with a now-pregnant Chloe, who then dies in suspicious circumstances. Following Chloe’s death, Victor returns to New York, where he attempts to live a more normal life. His enrolment in law school is, however, short lived as Victor ﬁnds himself drifting towards the life he knew before. Drawn back not only into the world of fame and fashion, but also into violence, the novel ends with Victor travelling to Europe and becoming involved in another murder.
The implication is that real men aspire to things not commodities. These ideas are supported by moments in the text that privilege what Durden regards as images of authentic masculinity over displays of a more synthetic kind. ’40 The relationship between identity and consumption described here is one that echoes familiar accounts of the relationship between contemporary masculinity and consumption. ’42 In her mind there is an unproblematic distinction between ‘productive’ and unproductive ‘aspects of manhood’ and an adherence to traditional senses of the ways in which masculinity is tied to action, cultivation and work.
Fictions of Globalization (Continuum Literary Studies) by James Annesley