THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Don DeLillo Literary Criticism

White Noise

An essay by Tim Engles, an assistant professor at Eastern Illinois University, examining the issue of white racial identity in DeLillo's novel.
A paper by Jiann-guang Lin investigating the role of technology in White Noise, arguing that DeLillo's narrative is essentially postmodern, reading the novel from a science fiction context, and exploring issues of identity in an information society.
A paper by Jonathan F. Bassett, an Assistant Professor at Lander University, which draws on the psychological theories of Ernest Becker and Robert Jay Lifton for an exploration of the protagonist of White Noise.
An academic article by Bradley Butterfield of the University of Wisconsin which provides a Baudrillardian reading of DeLillo's postmodern novel.
In this academic article Haidar Eid of Rand Afrikaans University assesses the characters and themes of White Noise with particular attention to Baudrillard's concept of simulacra.
An essay by Paul Privateer of Arizona State University analyzing DeLillo's novel from within the context of how advertising media impacts on society.

Underworld

An In-depth article by Jesse Kavadlo of Fordham University analysing some of the themes of the novel.
An article by Robert Castle discussing DeLillo's novel in relation to the Clinton administration and news media. It features analysis of a variety of excerpts and comparisons to several films, notably Wag the Dog and Dr. Strangelove.
An academic article by Jennifer Pincott exploring the role of technology and science, or 'techno-science', in Underworld, and how this impacts on the novel's characters. There are frequent references to the ideas of various theorists, especially Marcuse, Baudrillard, Deleuze and Heidegger.
In this essay Randy Laist of the University of Connecticut looks at postmodern realisations of the apocalypse in the Prologue of Underworld.

Mao II

A paper by Paula Martín Salván which considers this novel to be "a representative example of the narrative pattern of a writer’s resistance to the established order". It looks at postmodernism and artistic ethics in relation to DeLillo's text.
An essay by Peter Baker of Towson State University examining the postmodern concerns of this novel, Thomas Pynchon's Vineland and Neil Jordan's film The Crying Game.

End Zone

An essay by Benjamin Bird of Leeds University, evaluating the realist view of consciousness in DeLillo's second novel through an in-depth analysis of the central protagonist with recourse to several philosopical theories.

The Body Artist

An essay by Jon Roberts, a Professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, which analyzes several excerpts from this novel.
An essay by Nicholas Royle, a Professor at the University of Sussex, providing a close reading of a passage from this novel, with reference to the work of Jacques Derrida.

Libra

An essay by Stephen Bernstein of the University of Michigan on the role of terror and fear in this novel, and DeLillo's reworking of Kantian and Burkean models of the sublime, with reference to Jameson, Lyotard and others.
An essay by Bill Millard of Rutgers University analzying various themes of Libra with reference to Chomsky, Baudrillard, and others.

Cosmopolis

A paper by Scott Rawlings of Deakin University illustrating how the behaviour of this novel's protagonist is informed by Adam Smith's neoclassical economics, with reference to Cartesian theory and Nietzsche's ideas on Christianity, civilization and ancient Greek culture.
An extensive review of the novel by James Wood, focusing on the central character as well as considering the novel's form and structure, with excerpts.

Ratner's Star

A paper by Glen Scott Allen of Towson State University investigating the role of terrorism in this novel.