This thesis attempts to read David Foster Wallace?s Oblivion Stories from the perspective of Jean Baudrillard. Wallace is well-known for his treatment of boredom, self-consciousness, and loneliness in the contemporary world. However, Baudrillard offers a powerful toolbox to reinstate the reality of Oblivion Stories by foregrounding the silences and pointing to fissures, gaps, and unnoticed interrelations in the eight short stories.Baudrillard uses Marcel Mauss?s concept of "gift exchange" to establish his framework of "symbolic exchange". This concept is expanded and explained in "Another Pioneer". The reciprocal aspect of symbolic exchange of gifts is used to study the division of subject and object as a site for creation of needs in the collection.The accidental death of the infant in "Incarnations of Burned Children" and the suicide of "Good Old Neon" are juxtaposed to analyze different manifestations of the concept of ?eternity?. Besides, the question of terror in "Mister Squishy" and "The Suffering Channel" is analyzed in terms of extreme examples of symbolic challenge.Baudrillard?s conception of the third order of simulacrum and hyperreality is used to look at "Mister Squishy" and "The Suffering Channel". In this light, the arbitrariness of the relation between signifier and signified becomes a basis to study the floatation of liberated signs such as "change", "labor", and lighter signs such as "fashion" in Wallace?s collection. The concept of "simulation" becomes central to the dream sequence of the classroom shooting in "The Soul is Not a Smithy" and the question of mental illness in "Good Old Neon". Finally, in "The Suffering Channel", reality television is seen as an example diffusion of models into reality.