A wide-ranging study 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 novelsGCoMao II, Underworld, and Falling ManGCothat span pivotal moments in recent history: the end of the Cold War, the millennium, and 9/11. Consisting of original essays written by scholars whose interdisciplinary approachesGCodrawn from art history and religious history, ethnic studies and urban studies, popular culture and political scienceGCoshed new light on DeLillo's work, it investigates DeLillo's portrait of turn-of-the-century America as the nation confronts the defining phenomena of globalism and terrorism. With an eye always on the impact that shifts in historical sensibility produce on aesthetic sensibility, the volume also considers the role that DeLillo sees narrative playing in a world dominated 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 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; PART I: Mao II; Introduction; 1. Mao II, Apocalypse (When?), and Millennial Frenzy David Cowart; 2. Mao II, and the New Economic World Order, Peter Knight; 3. Mao II and Mixed Media, Laura Barrett; PART II: Underworld; Introduction; 4. Underworld and the End of the Cold War Narrative, Thomas Hill Schaub; 5. Underworld and the Architecture of Urban Space, David L. Pike; 6. Underworld, Ethnicity, and Outsider Art Josephine Gattuso Hendin; PART III. Falling Man; Introduction; 7. Falling Man and the Novel of Terrorism, John Carlos Rowe; 8. Falling Man, Trauma, and the Gendered Response, Linda Kauffman; 9. 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): 21.6 x 13.8
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1