Americana

Author: Don DeLillo
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462316486
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Der erste, bahnbrechende Roman von Don DeLillo – jetzt neu aufgelegt Mit achtundzwanzig Jahren hat der gut aussehende David Bell bereits Karriere in einer New Yorker Fernsehproduktionsfirma gemacht. Alle Skandale und Intrigen hat er zu seinen Gunsten zu nutzen verstanden. Bell wechselt sowohl Prinzipien als auch die eigene Identität, wie es die jeweilige Situation erfordert, und schützt sich selbst mit seinem ausgeprägten Zynismus. Doch eines Tages wird ihm klar, dass ihm die Wirklichkeit immer weiter entrückt. Der Versuch, sie wieder »einzufangen« – mit einer Kamera in der Hand auf der Reise durch Amerikas Mittleren Westen, auf der Suche nach dem Herzen des Landes –, gerät zu einem Fiasko, das ihn gnadenlos an seine Grenzen führt. Don DeLillos erster Roman, »Americana«, erschien 1971.

American Magic and Dread

Author: Mark Osteen
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812235517
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Don DeLillo once remarked to an interviewer that his intention is to use "the whole picture, the whole culture," of America. Since the publication of his first novel Americana in 1971, DeLillo has explored modern American culture through a series of acclaimed novels, including White Noise (1985; winner of the American Book Award), Libra (1988), and Underworld (1997). For Mark Osteen, the most bracing and unsettling feature of DeLillo's work is that, although his fiction may satirize cultural forms, it never does so from a privileged position outside the culture. His work brilliantly mimics the argots of the very phenomena it dissects: violent thrillers and conspiracy theories, pop music, advertising, science fiction, film, and television. As a result, DeLillo has been read both as a denouncer and as a defender of contemporary culture; in fact, Osteen argues, neither description is adequate. DeLillo's dialogue with modern institutions, such as chemical companies, the CIA, and the media, respects their power and ingenuity while criticizing their dangerous consequences. Even as DeLillo borrows from their discourses, he maintains a tenaciously opposing stance toward the sources of collective power.

Contemporary American Fiction

Author: Dr David Brauner
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748629815
Format: PDF, ePub
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This is an accessible, lucid and incisive study that will prove indispensable to students and scholars of contemporary American fiction. Featuring a wide range of authors - from canonical figures such as Philip Roth, Don DeLillo and Annie Proulx, to increasingly influential writers such as Jeffrey Eugenides, Gish Jen and Richard Powers - the book combines detailed readings of key texts with informative discussions of their historical, social and cultural contexts. There are chapters focusing on formal characteristics (the use of irony and paradox in novels by Don DeLillo, Paul Auster and Bret Easton Ellis, and the generic properties of the texts and films of Cold Mountain, 'Brokeback Mountain' and No Country for Old Men) and on thematic concerns (the representation of gender and sexuality in novels by Jane Smiley, Carol Shields and Jeffrey Eugenides and of ethnicity, race and hybridity in fiction by Gish Jen, Philip Roth and Richard Powers). Running through all these chapters is an interrogation of all three elements making up the phrase 'contemporary American fiction'.Key Features* Identifies some of the main trends in contemporary American fiction and situates them in historical and cultural contexts* Discusses a representative range of recent fiction, providing a sense of the rich diversity of the field and of its key themes and modes of writing* Introduces students to a variety of critical approaches to, and debates concerning, contemporary American fiction* Encourages reflection on the nature of national, gender, ethnic and generic identities

Whoever controls your eyeballs runs the world

Author: Julia Apitzsch
Publisher: V&R unipress GmbH
ISBN: 3899718496
Format: PDF, ePub
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The works of Don DeLillo's give a seismographic account of the cultural political situation and offer complex insights into American culture. Julia Apitzsch examines the thematic and aesthetic function of the visual representation of history and cultural reality in DeLillo's novels. DeLillo's portrayals of key events in American history are violent and traumatic. Their visualisation has burned them into the American collective memory. DeLillo critically examines the mechanisms of power and significance of images and sounds out the various possibilities of creatively reclaiming control through language, by translating the flood of images into literary motifs. Especially traumatic events such as the terrorist attacks of 11th September, which generated an overwhelming torrent of images, show that as an interpreter of images, the author is more important than ever. English and German text.

Null K

Author: Don DeLillo
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 346231601X
Format: PDF, Docs
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»Wir werden geboren, ohne eine Wahl zu haben. Müssen wir deswegen auf gleiche Art sterben?« »Null Grad Kelvin« ist DeLillos klügster, humorvollster und bewegendster Roman seit Jahren, eine große Vater-Sohn-Geschichte, eine Meditation über den Tod und die Ewigkeit und eine Liebeserklärung an das Leben. Ross Lockhart ist ein Milliardär in den Sechzigern mit einer viel jüngeren Frau, Artis Martineau, die schwer krank ist. Er ist Großinvestor eines geheimen, im Verborgenen agierenden Unternehmens, das den Tod ausschalten will. Das Businessmodell: Menschliche Körper werden so lange konserviert, bis Medizin und Technik so weit sind, dass der Mensch ein Leben ohne Krankheiten und zeitliche Begrenzungen führen kann. Als Artis plant, ihren Körper aufzugeben, reist Ross’ Sohn Jeffrey an, um Abschied von seiner Stiefmutter zu nehmen, auf unbestimmte Zeit. »Wir werden geboren, ohne eine Wahl zu haben. Müssen wir deswegen auf gleiche Art sterben? Macht es den Menschen nicht gerade aus, dass er sich weigern kann, sein Schicksal zu akzeptieren?« Diese Fragen treiben Ross um, der mit aller Macht in eine andere Dimension menschlichen Lebens vorstoßen möchte. Sein Sohn hingegen verteidigt leidenschaftlich die Ansicht, dass es des Menschen Bestimmung ist, im Hier und Jetzt zu leben. »Null Grad Kelvin« ist ein großer Wurf, ein brillanter Roman, der an den Kern unserer Existenz rührt.

Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction

Author: M. Gauthier
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230337821
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This book shows how a political and cultural dynamic of amnesia and truth telling shapes literary constructions of history. Gauthier focuses on the works of Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Bharati Mukherjee, and Julie Otsuka.

Don DeLillo s White Noise

Author: Leonard Orr
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826414748
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A critical examination of "White Noise" by Don Delillo, this title forms part of a series that aims to provide accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to give a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.The books in the series all follow the same five-part structure: a short biography of the novelist; a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas; a summary of how the novel was received when it was first published; a summary of the novel's standing today, including any film or television adaptations; and a helpful list of discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and useful websites.

Beautiful Chaos

Author: Gordon E. Slethaug
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791491730
Format: PDF, ePub
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Explores the way chaos theory is incorporated in the work of such writers as Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Don DeLillo, and Michael Crichton.