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Don DeLillo: The Possibility of Fiction

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"DeLillo's writing has been concerned, from its inception, with thinking about how fiction has developed from the end of the Second World War. This book reads the whole of Don DeLillo's oeuvre to date - from Americana to Cosmopolis - and asks how far his writing can be thought of as an enactment of the possibilities of literary fiction in contemporary global culture." This is the first book to offer a reading of DeLillo's complete oeuvre in the light of 9/11, and of the new global power relations that have come about in the wake of the attacks. ...
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Overview

"DeLillo's writing has been concerned, from its inception, with thinking about how fiction has developed from the end of the Second World War. This book reads the whole of Don DeLillo's oeuvre to date - from Americana to Cosmopolis - and asks how far his writing can be thought of as an enactment of the possibilities of literary fiction in contemporary global culture." This is the first book to offer a reading of DeLillo's complete oeuvre in the light of 9/11, and of the new global power relations that have come about in the wake of the attacks. In reading DeLillo's ambivalent engagement with globalisation, and with global terrorism, Peter Boxall suggests ways in which his writing might help us to think about the possibilities of fiction in the post-9/11 global context.
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Peter Boxall is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on modernist and postmodernist literature, in Europe and the USA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the possibility of fiction 1
Pt. I The 1970s 17
1 Americana : Americana, End Zone, Great Jones Street 19
Silent with answers : early DeLillo and the canon 19
American Bethlehem : art as redemption 22
Cliche, tautology and the possibility of fiction 35
2 The historical counterfunction : Ratner's star, players, running dog 50
Messages to ourselves 50
Dreams beyond our grasp 60
Lost historical categories 68
Pt. II The 1980s 85
3 Writing and apostasy : the names 87
4 Death and the avant-garde : white noise 109
5 Becoming historical : libra 131
Pt. III The 1990s 155
6 Terrorism and globalisation : Mao II 157
7 The work of death : underworld 176
Ecstasy and apocalypse 176
Uncycled memory 195
CODA : ground zero 213
8 The body of history : the body artist, cosmopolis 215
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