English Seminar Capstone Research Papers

Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Spring 5-2-2015


This is my capstone paper from English Seminar and my English degree. The paper is an analysis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers album Californication and its relation to the fan base of the band. It explores the influences on the creation of the album within a postmodern context, using the theories of Katherine Hayles, Jean Baudrillard, and Michel Foucault. Through these theories, the paper explores the postmodern impact on the Cult of Celebrity and the American Dream and how those affected the lives of Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante from the Peppers. Finally, the paper shows how the album Californication communicates the harmful effects of the American Dream and uses the experiences of Kiedis and Frusciante to relate to the experiences of the Peppers' fans.


Alexander MacPhail-Fausey, MacPhail-Fausey, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, Kiedis, John Frusciante, Frusciante, Californication, The American Dream, The Cult of Celebrity, Postmodernism, Fans


Dr. Donald Deardorff

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