Autofiction like Burnham’s—or Wallace’s, or Lerner’s—show white men using irony, self-deprecation, and vulnerability. Should we listen?
Sarah Wasserman is associate professor of English and associate director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. Her book, The Death of Things: Ephemera and the American Novel, was published in 2020 by the University of Minnesota Press. Other work appears in PMLA, Contemporary Literature, Post45, ASAP/J, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.