This is a collection of original, stimulating interpretations of key texts by Don DeLillo, designed for students and edited and written by leading scholars in the field. Offering a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the post-1990 fiction of one of America's most respected writers and cultural critics, this volume focuses on three of Don DeLillo's most recent novels - "Mao II", "Underworld", and "Falling Man" - that span pivotal moments in recent history: the end of the Cold War, the millennium, and 9/11. Bringing together original essays by scholars working in art history, urban studies, economic theory, ethnic studies alongside contemporary literature and American studies approaches, investigates DeLillo's portrait of turn-of-the-century America as it confronts globalism and terrorism.
With an eye always on the impact that shifts in historical sensibility produce on aesthetic sensibility, the volume considers the role that DeLillo sees narrative playing in a world defined by digital images and provides the first extended analysis of how much faith he has in fiction's ability to convey the trauma of September 11, an event commonly conceived as resistant to all forms of artistic expression. This series offers up-to-date guides to the recent work of major contemporary North American authors. Written by leading scholars in the field, each book presents a range of original interpretations of three key texts published since 1990, showing how the same novel may be interpreted in a number of different ways. These informative, accessible volumes will appeal to advance undergraduate and postgraduate students, facilitating discussion and supporting close analysis of the most important contemporary American and Canadian fiction.
"This is a beautifully coherent collection of essays on DeLillo's three most important recent novels. It is also much more than that. The volume reflects on, tells us much about, and revises views of, DeLillo's entire oeuvre, American literature and culture broadly, modernist and postmodernist theory, and the other arts (including photography, performance art, film). Anyone with any interest in contemporary culture should know this book. Led by the level-setting eloquent and erudite Olster, the contributors comprise the most exciting scholars in American literary and cultural studies today. Fittingly for a volume on DeLillo, reading it you will never forget that these are people who can write."--Sanford Lakoff
Introduction: Don DeLillo and the Dream Release Stacey Olster PART I: Mao II Introduction 1. Delphic DeLillo: Mao II and Millennial Dread, David Cowart 2. Mao II, and the New World Order, Peter Knight 3. Mao II and Mixed Media, Laura Barrett PART II: Underworld Introduction 4. Underworld, Memory, and the Recycling of Cold War Narrative, Thomas Hill Schaub 5. Underworld and the Architecture of Urban Space, David L. Pike 6. Underworld, Ethnicity, and Found Object Art: Reason and Revelation, Josephine Gattuso Hendin PART III. Falling Man Introduction 7. Global Horizons in Falling Man, John Carlos Rowe 8. Bodies in Rest and Motion in Falling Man, Linda S. Kauffman 9. Witnessing Trauma: Falling Man and Performance Art, John N. Duvall Notes on Contributors Further Reading Index
Series: Continuum Studies in Contemporary North American Fiction
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 21st April 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1