They're one body now, an
undifferentiated mass, and this makes him
-- Don DeLillo, Mao
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The Don DeLillo Society exists for the
benefit of readers and scholars of Don DeLillo
throughout the world. Two central activities of the
Don DeLillo Society are organizing one session at
the annual ALA (American Literature Association)
Conference and hosting an informal social gathering
in conjunction with each ALA Conference. We plan to
hold both at the 2000 conference in San Diego. The
venue for ALA Conferences alternates between
Baltimore, Maryland and San Diego, California.
Society meetings take place both in
conjunction with the MLA Conventions and during the
ALA Conference. However, in order to allow for full
participation of the membership, important votes
are done by mail-in ballot. The Society keeps in
contact by publishing on its website an annual
Newsletter, an annual Don DeLillo Bibliography, and
an annual Membership Directory. The Society plans
to promote matters of interest to DeLillo scholars
and readers: we, for example, intend to obtain a
copy of the BBC film Don DeLillo: the Word, the
Image, and the Gun (1991) for a showing at an
Article I: Name
Sec. 1. The name of this organization
shall be the Don DeLillo Society.
Article II: Purpose
Sec. 1. The purpose of this Society
shall be to encourage the scholarly study of and
general interest in the work of Don DeLillo, and
to facilitate ways in which all people
interested in his writings -- scholars, critics,
teachers, students, and general readers -- may
learn from one another, meet together, contact
each other, and help one another.
Sec. 2. An important function of the Society
shall be the sponsorship of the Don DeLillo
Society Sessions at the annual ALA
Article III: Membership
Sec. 1. Any individual, business,
educational institution, or corporation
interested in the aims of the Don DeLillo
Society may join it.
Sec. 2. Membership in this Society shall be
through payment of annual dues, according to
schedules determined by the Annual General
Meeting of the Society.
Sec. 3. A member who has not paid dues for
two years shall be classified as not in good
Article IV: Privileges
Sec. 1. All members in good standing
shall have the right to stand for office, vote
for officers of the Society and for session
proposals for the ALA Conferences, serve as a
chair or organizer of an ALA session, and
receive all publications issued by the Society,
in accordance with the scale of dues set by the
Annual General Meeting.
Article V: Officers
Sec. 1. The officers of the Society
shall be a President, a Secretary, a Treasurer,
and an Editor (of the newsletter).
Sec. 2. Officers shall serve without
compensation. They shall be entitled to
reimbursement for legitimate Society
Sec. 3. A vacancy in any of these offices
occurring during the incumbent's term of office
because of illness, death, resignation, or any
other reason shall be filled by a volunteer
chosen by the remaining officers of the Society
until such time as a new election can be
Sec. 4. The officers shall perform the
President shall preside at the Annual General
Meeting unless unable to do so. The President
shall be responsible for organizing the Don
DeLillo Society Sessions at the annual ALA
b. The Treasurer
shall keep a record of Moneys received and
dispersed and prepare an annual report of the
c. The Secretary shall maintain an on-going history of the organization. He or she shall also work with the Editor in distribution of the Society's annual newsletter.
d. The Editor shall prepare and edit the Society's annual newsletter, working with the Secretary.Working with the secretary, the Editor shall prepare and edit the Society's annual newsletter. The Editor will:
i. Assemble a yearly calendar of appropriate conferences (see Article IX, Sec. 2d and 2e) and their deadlines;
ii. List new publications on DeLillo;
iii. Publish any open CFPs;
iv. Report pertinent news regarding Don DeLillo and/or his writings.
v. The newsletter may also include brief reviews and articles.
e. The Listserv Manager maintain the DeLillo Society Listserv, adding email addresses of new members, and subtracting email addresses of expired members.
f. The Webmaster-Bibliographer shall compile and distribute the annual bibliography of DeLillo Studies, and maintain the website.
Sec. 5. Officers shall be elected triannually by the Society membership, by mail, e-mail, or vote at the Annual General Meeting, from a slate of nominees. Names of nominees may be submitted by any member of the Society. Terms of office shall be three years, beginning May 30.
Article VI: Meetings
Sec. 1. The Annual General Meeting
shall be held in conjunction with the MLA
Convention. Special meetings may be called by
the President, for social and/or business
Article VII: Funds and Liabilities
Sec. 1. The funds of this Society shall
be collected and dispersed by the Treasurer, for
the Society's needs and lawful expenditures.
Disbursement of the Society's funds will be in
accordance with Article Five of the Articles of
Incorporation of the Don DeLillo Society.
Sec. 2. No member of the Society shall be
liable except for the payment of dues.
Article IX: Procedures
Sec. 1. Amendment to these By-laws
shall be voted upon, by mail, e-mail, or vote at
the Annual General Meeting, by the full
membership; approval will need a two-thirds
majority of those voting. Amendments may be
proposed by the officers of the Society, or by
petition signed by twenty or more Society
members in good standing.
Sec. 2. The Don DeLillo Society will post Calls for Papers (CFPs) online whenever a member wishes to chair a panel at a conference, edit a collection or journal issue.
a. Any member seeking to post a CFP on the Don DeLillo Society website must secure the permission of the Don DeLillo Society officers before doing so. Each CFP should briefly (250 words or fewer) describe the topic, announce the deadline and provide an address for submissions. These CFPs will be publicized in the Don DeLillo Society Newsletter.
b. If more than one member wishes to post a call for a single conference, the membership will vote to select which CFP the Don DeLillo Society will sponsor.
c. Anyone desiring to post a CFP must do so no later than a month before the submission deadline.
d. The Don DeLillo Society particularly seeks to maintain a presence at the annual American Literature Association convention.
e. The Don DeLillo Society also encourages yearly participation at the regional MLA conferences; the MLA convention, and the Twentieth-Century Literature Conference (Louisville, KY).
Join the Don DeLillo Society
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Once we receive this email, you will receive an invitation to join the Society listserv. Please include your name, address (to which
you'd like mailings sent), your College or
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address. As membership in the Society is currently free, joining the listserv is the best way to become a member.
Members of the Society receive email announcements of updates to the Don DeLillo Society's website, including the Newsletter, an annual Bibliography of DeLillo Scholarship, upcoming events (including special sessions, calls for papers), and an annual updated list of members.
The Society organizes one session at the ALA Conference each May and hosts an informal social gathering during the conference. In addition, the Society publishes an annual Newsletter, annual Bibliography of DeLillo Scholarship, and maintains this website.
of the Society
The positions below will remain in effect from January 1, 2012 to January 1, 2015. Any member of the Don DeLillo Society may submit nominations for any or all of these positions. The next group of officers (which may include current officers, if they run and are elected) will serve three-year terms, starting January 1, 2015. Nominations must be received by June 1, 2015. Please include
contact information for nominees. Send them to Philip Nel at email@example.com or at the mailing address below. We will hold elections in the fall of 2015.
of the Don DeLillo Society
At the 1999 ALA Conference in Baltimore, MD,
John Duvall gathered together the participants in
and attendees at two DeLillo panels which, as it
happened, were held at consecutive sessions on May
30, 1999, the last day of the conference. The
panels were organized by Duvall and Michael Theune.
In addition to the two organizers, present at the
initial meeting were Glen Scott Allen, Theron
Britt, Lou Caton, Joseph Conte, Tim Engles, and
That June, the group of Allen, Caton, Conte,
Duvall, Nel, and Mark Osteen set about drafting the
Don DeLillo Society's By-Laws, establishing interim
Officers (President, Treasurer, Secretary, and
Editor), and constructing the website. In early
July, they sought like-minded people by sending out
an email announcement
to participants in "Don
DeLillo: 'At the Edges of Perception'" (1998),
an international conference organized by Jacqueline
Zubeck O'Donoghue, Jeoff Bull, Phil Nel, and Mark
Osteen; contributors to Modern
Fiction Studies' special issue on DeLillo
(Fall 1999), edited by John Duvall; contributors to
Critical Essays on Don DeLillo (G.K. Hall,
2000), edited by Hugh Ruppersburg and Tim Engles;
and by posting an announcement on Curt Gardner's
DeLillo's America page.
At the Modern Language Association
Conference in December, members Britt, Conte,
Catherine Cucinella, Duvall, Engles, Marni
Gauthier, Nicole Merola, Nel, Osteen, Chris
Ruis-Velasco, Art Saltzman, and Skip Willman met
and made future plans, including a few changes to
this page (primarily, that memberships and terms of
officers will run on a May-to-May academic
schedule, and that elections would be held in March
of 2000). Recently, the Don DeLillo Society has
at the Twentieth-Century Literature Conference (February 2000), at the ALA conference (May 2000, May 2001, May 2002, May 2003), at the MMLA conference (November 2000) at the SAMLA conference (November 2002); and meetings at the MLA (December 2000, December 2001, December 2002).