Designer Selves in Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities and Danielle Steel's Crossings
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Both Tom Wolfe in his realist novel The Bonfire of the Vanities and Danielle Steel in her sentimental novel Crossings use designer and brand names as narrative tools. While such a use of designer names enhances the verisimilitude of the novels, it also involves both authors in complex, post-modern revisions of the nineteenth century literary traditions - realism and sentimental fiction - they place themselves in.
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