The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo

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


Chronology; 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; Index.