In this Book
Charting DeLillo's emergence as a contemporary novelist of major stature, David Cowart discusses each of DeLillo's twelve novels, including his most recent work, The Body Artist (2001). Rejecting the idea that DeLillo lacks affinities across the cultural spectrum, Cowart argues that DeLillo's work invites comparison with that of wide range of antecedents, including Dunbar, Whitman, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Freud, Lacan, Derrida, Hemingway, Joyce, Rilke, and Eliot. At the same time, Cowart explores the ways in which DeLillo's art anticipates, parallels, and contests ideas that have become the common currency of poststructuralist theory. The major site of DeLillo's engagement with postmodernism, Cowart argues, is language, which DeLillo represents as more mysterious--numinous even--than current theory allows. For DeLillo, language remains what Cowart calls "the ground of all making."
Don DeLillo: The Physics of Language is a provocative investigation of the most compelling issues of contemporary fiction.
Table of Contents
- Port One: "For me the crux of the whole matter is language"
- pp. 15-16
- Part Two: "Before everything, there's language"
- pp. 69-70
- Part Three: "The word beyond speech"
- pp. 129-130
- 9. "More Advanced the Deeper We Dig": Ratner's Star
- pp. 145-161
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- 12. DeLillolalia: From Underworld to The Body Artist
- pp. 197-209
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