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The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo

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John N. Duvall, Philip Nel, Peter Knight, Peter Boxall, Joseph Dewey, Tim Engles, Stacey Olster, Jeremy Green, Patrick O'Donnell, Ruth Helyer, Mark Osteen, David Cowart, John McClure, Joseph Conte
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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521690898

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  • With the publication of his seminal novel White Noise, Don DeLillo was elevated into the pantheon of great American writers. His novels are admired and studied for their narrative technique, political themes, and their prophetic commentary on the cultural crises affecting contemporary America. In an age dominated by the image, DeLillo's fiction encourages the reader to think historically about such matters as the Cold War, the assassination of President Kennedy, threats to the environment, and terrorism. This Companion charts the shape of DeLillo's career, his relation to twentieth-century aesthetics, and his major themes. It also provides in-depth assessments of his best-known novels, White Noise, Libra, and Underworld, which have become required reading not only for students of American literature, but for all interested in the history and the future of American culture.

    • Includes detailed discussions of DeLillo's major novels
    • Covers the main themes and milestones in his career, with a chronology of his life
    • Includes guide to further reading charting the growing number of critical studies on DeLillo
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    'The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo is particularly strong in providing a detailed and well structured insight into his work against the background of post-modern theory and American contemporary experience.' Maribor International Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521690898
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 160 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The power of history and the persistence of mystery John N. Duvall
    Part I. Aesthetic and Cultural Influences:
    1. DeLillo and modernism Philip Nel
    2. DeLillo, postmodernism, postmodernity Peter Knight
    Part II. Early Fiction:
    3. DeLillo and media culture Peter Boxall
    4. DeLillo's apocalyptic satire Joseph Dewey
    5. DeLillo and the political thriller Tim Engles
    Part III. Major Novels:
    6. White Noise Stacey Olster
    7. Libra Jeremy Green
    8. Underworld Patrick O'Donnell
    Part IV. Themes and Issues:
    9. DeLillo and masculinity Ruth Helyer
    10. DeLillo's Dedealian artists Mark Osteen
    11. DeLillo and the power of language David Cowart
    12. DeLillo and mystery John McClure
    Conclusion: Writing amid the ruins:
    9/11 and Cosmopolis Joseph Conte
    Select bibliography
    Guides to further reading

  • Author

    John N. Duvall, Purdue University, Indiana
    John Duvall is Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue University, Indiana.


    John N. Duvall, Philip Nel, Peter Knight, Peter Boxall, Joseph Dewey, Tim Engles, Stacey Olster, Jeremy Green, Patrick O'Donnell, Ruth Helyer, Mark Osteen, David Cowart, John McClure, Joseph Conte

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