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People everywhere are absorbed in
conversation. [...] Conversation
is life, language is the deepest being. We
see the patterns repeat, the gestures
drive the words. It is the sound and
picture of humans communicating.
[...] Every conversation is a
shared narrative, a thing that surges
forward, too dense to allow space for the
unspoken, the sterile. The talk is
unconditional, the participants drawn in
-- Don DeLillo, The
Don DeLillo and Sept. 11th (abstracts due
Dec. 14, 2001)
We seek abstracts for short (10-minute)
papers to be presented at our annual MLA
meeting (see below). The topics should focus
on the relationship between DeLillo's works and:
Sept. 11th, terrorism, New York City, and
If you wish to present a short paper,
please send a 500-word abstract to Mark
Osteen and Phil Nel by December 14, 2001.
Their email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the Don
Approaches to Teaching DeLillo's
White Noise (proposals due July
The Modern Language Association's
Publications Committee has approved development
of an "Approaches to Teaching World Literature"
collection on Don DeLillo's White Noise,
to be edited by Tim Engles and John Duvall. This
volume, like others in this MLA series, will
have a pedagogical focus: how can textual,
theoretical, and contextual issues be brought to
bear in teaching DeLillo's novel?
If you wish to contribute to the volume,
please write to Tim Engles; he will send you
either an electronic or printed copy of a
that asks you about your teaching of White
Noise. A one-page essay proposal, along
with the completed questionnaire and a brief cv,
is due July 1, 2001. You may submit this
material either by email (email@example.com)
or surface mail: Tim Engles, Department of
English, Eastern Illinois University, 600
Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920. All
questionnaire respondents will be acknowledged
in the completed volume.
If you have any questions about the volume,
please contact either Tim Engles or John Duvall
They will be happy to hear from any potential
contributors or anyone otherwise interested in
Proposed Special Sessions for MLA 2001
(abstracts due March 15, 2001)
PERFORMING DELILLO. Papers sought on
performance and performativity in DeLillo's
fiction and theater works. Topics might include:
the body and performance; theatricality;
dialogue, monologue and the dynamics of power;
observation and surveillance; visuality and the
cinematic; identity and performativity;
authorship/writing/criticism as performance.
FROM CULT AUTHOR TO CLASSIC: DELILLO AND THE
CANON. Has DeLillo now achieved canonical
status? What forms of cultural recognition have
helped to establish his current visibility? How
should we understand DeLillo's status as a
literary celebrity? What does recent critical
interest in and curricular inclusion of
DeLillo's works suggest about the politics of
canon formation? How can we comprehend such
interest in the context of the multicultural
critique and revision of the canon?
Please send 500-word abstracts by March
15 to Jeremy Green (firstname.lastname@example.org),
226 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Please note: neither session has been
approved by the MLA. Participants must be
members of the MLA by April 1.
Sessions & Meetings
Association: Annual Convention, New Orleans,
LA. December 27-30, 2001.
Don DeLillo Society Meeting. 7
p.m., Saturday, December 29, 2001. Mark Osteen's
room, the Hotel Meridien, New Orleans.
Look for posters
announcing the specific location or call
Mark (at the Hotel). Any members who
would like to present new work -- brief papers
(10 minutes), abstracts, calls for papers, etc.
-- are welcome to do so. However, if you wish to
present a short paper, we ask that you send
us an abstract by December 14th. For more
details, see the call for papers, above.
Sponsored by the Don
American Literature Association: 2001
Conference, Cambridge, MA. May 24-27,2001.
Don DeLillo's The Body
Artist. Sunday, May 27, 2001,
11:00-12:20 p.m. Hyatt Regency. William Dawes A.
Chair: Nicole Merola, University of Washington.
- "'The stun of intrusion': Possession and
Performance in The Body Artist" Mark
Osteen, Loyola College of Maryland
- "Uncanny Bodies: Temporality, Technology,
and Identity in The Body Artist,"
Jeremy Green, University of Colorado,
- "Being 'alert to the clarity of the
moment': Language and Experience in DeLillo's
The Body Artist, Philip Nel, Kansas
Sponsored by the Don
and Forthcoming Publications
Yuknavitch, Lidia. Chapter 4, "Nuclear
Ideology and Narrative Displacement."
Allegories of Violence: Tracing the Writing
of War in Twentieth-Century Fiction. New
York & London: Routledge, 2001. 55-73
DeLillo, Don. Pafko at the Wall.
Scanlan, Margaret. Chapter1, "Don DeLillo's
Mao II and the Rushdie Affair."
Plotting Terror: Novelists and Terrorists in
Contemporary Fiction. Charlottesville and
London: University Press of Virginia, 2001.
Critique 42.4 (Summer 2001). A special
issue on DeLillo, with essays by Karnicky,
Kavadlo, Muirhead, Nel, Wallace, and
DeLillo, Don. The Body Artist.
Scribner, 2001. For more information, see
DeLillo's America's "Body
DeLillo, Don. "The Mystery
at the Middle of Ordinary Life" Zoetrope:
All-Story 4.4 (Winter 2000): 70
Rpt. Harper's Jan. 2001: 37.
Happe, François. Don DeLillo: la
fiction contre les systèmes.
collection Voix amériacines. Paris:
Knight, Peter. Conspiracy Culture: From
the Kennedy Assassination to "The X-Files".
London: Routledge, 2000. The chapter "Plotting
the Kennedy Assassination," addresses
Libra, and "Everything is Connected"
Melley, Timothy. Empire of Conspiracy: The
Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America.
Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2000. The book addresses
Libra in Chapter 4, "Secret Agents."
Moran, Joe. Star Authors: Literary
Celebrity in America. London and Sterling,
Virginia: Pluto Press, 2000. See Chapter 7,
"Silence, Exile, Cunning and So On: Don
O'Donnell, Patrick. Latent Destinies:
Cultural Paranoia in Contemporary U.S.
Narrative. Duke UP, 2000. The book devotes
part of Chapter 1 ("Headshots") to Libra,
and all of Chapter 5 ("Under History,
Underworld") to Underworld.
Osteen, Mark. American Magic and Dread:
Don DeLillo's Dialogue with Culture.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,
Pifer, Ellen. Demon or Doll: Images of the
Child in Contemporary Writing and Culture.
University Press of Virginia, 2000. See chapter
11, "The Child as Mysterious Agent: DeLillo's
White Noise." 212-32.
Saltzman, Arthur. This Mad "Instead":
Governing Metaphors in Contemporary American
Fiction. Columbia: South Carolina UP, 2000.
See Chapter 2, "The Figure in the Static: Don
DeLillo's White Noise." 33-48.
Tanner, Tony. The American Mystery:
American Literature from Emerson to DeLillo.
Cambridge UP, 2000. See Chapter 11, "Don DeLillo
and 'the American mystery': Underworld."
Ruppersburg, Hugh, and Tim Engles, editors.
Critical Essays on Don DeLillo. G. K.
Gauthier, Marni. "Better Living Through
Westward Migration: Don DeLillo's Inversion of
the American West as 'Virgin Land' in
Underworld.'" Moving Stories:
Migration and the American West, 1850-2000.
Ed. Scott E. Casper. Nevada Humanities
Committee. Halcyon Series 23. Reno: University
of Nevada Press, June 2001. 131-152.
Cowart, David. Don DeLillo: The Physics of
Language. University of Georgia Press,
Duvall, John. Don DeLillo's
Underworld: A Reader's
Guide. Continuum Press, January 2002.
DeLillo Society in the News
page of "Dissecting The Body Artist"
by Keith Gessen and Sam Lipsyte (Feed
Magazine 17-19 Jan. 2001) offers a
tongue-in-cheek reference to the Don DeLillo
Society (scroll down to the P.S.) It also
provides a link to the "About"
section of this website.
The Compulsive Reader's feature
on DeLillo's The Body Artist (27 Feb.
2001) includes a link back to this website's
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