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Contemporary American Fiction

Author: Dr David Brauner
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748629815
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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
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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.

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.

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.

White Noise

Author: Don DeLillo
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780140077025
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Jack Gladney, a professor of Nazi history at a Middle American liberal arts school, and his family try to handle normal family life as a black cloud of lethal gaseous fumes threatens their town

Death In Literature

Author: Outi Hakola
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 144385994X
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Death is an inevitable, yet mysterious event. Fiction is one way to imagine and gain knowledge of death. Death is very useful to literature, as it creates plot twists, suspense, mysteries, and emotional effects in narrations. But more importantly, stories about death seem to have an existential importance to our lives. Stories provide fictional encounters with death and give meaning for both death and life. Thus, death is more than a physical or psychological experience in literature; it also highlights existential questions concerning humanity and storytelling. This volume, entitled Death in Literature, approaches death by examining the narratives and spectacles of death, dying and mortality in different literary genres. The articles consider literary representations of death from ancient Rome to the Netherlands today, and explore ways of dealing with death and dying. The discussions also transcend the boundaries of literature by studying literary representations of such socially relevant and death-related issues as euthanasia and suicide. The articles offer a broad perspective on death’s role in literature as well as literature’s role in the social and cultural debates about death.

This Mad Instead

Author: Arthur Michael Saltzman
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570033261
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"In the hands of the authors that Saltzman considers here, the restless, quizzical, startling quality of metaphor - the madness of the mad "instead" - provokes new awarenesses, restores the forces of language, and tests the means and motives of contemporary American fiction."--BOOK JACKET.

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.