Don DeLillo, White Noise, New York: Viking Penguin, 1985

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch64

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Don DeLillo, White Noise, New York: Viking Penguin, 1985, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch64

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • Don DeLillo, White Noise, New York - Viking Penguin, 1985;
  • Don DeLillo, publishing seven novels - over a period of 11 years before the appearance of White Noise;
  • complicated family arrangements - stemming from narrator Jack Gladney's five marriages, two of them to the same woman;
  • father-in-law Vernon's unannounced visit - Jack, imagining that the shape sitting in the garden, being the waiting figure of Death;
  • Jack's current marriage to Babette - clouded by the fear, each holds of who will be the first to die;
  • Jack, recounting the disasters in a tone - tending to dissolve distinctions between them;
  • Catch-22 and The Crying of Lot 49 - post-modern fictions;
  • final chapter, locating events as happening on “the day Wilder got on his plastic tricycle” - riding into crowded freeway traffic;
  • disasters, part of culture's “white noise” - filtered through the ever-present background of media;
  • tourist attraction, billed as “THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED BARN IN AMERICA” drawing crowds armed with their cameras

Summary

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