"Who are You, Literally?": Fantasies of the White Self in White Noise

  title={"Who are You, Literally?": Fantasies of the White Self in White Noise},
  author={Tim Engles},
  journal={MFS Modern Fiction Studies},
  pages={755 - 787}
  • Tim Engles
  • Published 1 September 1999
  • History
  • MFS Modern Fiction Studies
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