Don DeLillo, author of twelve novels and winner of the
National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the William Dean
Howells Medal, and the Jerusalem Prize, has begun to rival Thomas
Pynchon as the definitive postmodern novelist. Always
thought-provoking and occasionally controversial, DeLillo has
become the voice of the bimillennial moment.
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
Subjects: Language & Literature
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