Chapter 48. Don DeLillo

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Mark Osteen Professor Director

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch48

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Osteen, M. (2009) Don DeLillo, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch48

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Loyola College, Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Don DeLillo's best-known novel, White Noise (1985:26);
  • Cosmopolis (2003) – ending with a protagonist's violent death;
  • DeLillo's work - his ability to dissect postmodern culture from within;
  • DeLillo's work - erudite, familiarity with classical philosophy and early Christian mysticism;
  • protagonist of Great Jones Street (1973), rock star Bucky Wunderlick - passive and exhausted than Harkness;
  • Ratner's Star (1976);
  • The Names - remaining as DeLillo's least-appreciated great novel;
  • White Noise (1985) - made him famous as best sellor;
  • The Body Artist (2001), a poetic, novella - meditation on mourning and artistic inspiration;
  • DeLillo employing symbols to illustrate post-traumatic condition - “organic shrapnel”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading