English 660: Don DeLillo

 

Schedule: Leading Class Discussion and Book Reviews

 

Aug.

F 31

The Day Room (1986).

Leading Class Discussion: Jami Habluetzel, Kimberly Fossati

Sept.

M 17

End Zone (1972), Part One.

Leading Class Discussion: James Wilson, Eric Crane

 

M 24

Great Jones Street (1973), through Chapter 12.

Leading Class Discussion: Dan Papsdorf, Michael Stadler

Oct.

W 10

Libra (1988). Part One, through "20 May."

Leading Class Discussion: Shawna Dulan, Tania Beltran

 

M 15

Libra, Part Two, through "In New Orleans."

Review: Jill Clingan on Arthur M. Saltzman’s Designs of Darkness in Contemporary American Fiction

 

M 22

George Will, "A Shallow Look at the Mind of An Assassin" (1988) [CP]; DeLillo, "American Blood" (1983) [CP]; Anthony Lewis, "Warren Commission Finds Oswald Guilty and Says Assassin and Ruby Acted Alone; Rebukes Secret Service, Asks Revamping" (1964) <http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0927.html>.

Review: James Wilson on Peter Knight’s Consipracy Culture: From the Kennedy Assassination to "The X-Files"

 

W 24

Underworld (1997), Prologue, Part 1 through Chapter 4.

Leading Class Discussion: Martie McClain, Rachel Yuhas, Eric Pommier

 

F 26

Underworld, through Part 2, Chapter 6.

Review: Lisa Rasmussen on Ellen Pifer, Demon or Doll: Images of the Child in Contemporary Writing and Culture.

 Nov.

F 9

Underworld, through Part 6, Chapter 4.

Review: Michael Stadler on Tom LeClair's In the Loop: Don DeLillo and the Systems Novel. Review: Stephen Sink on Margaret Scanlan's Plotting Terror: Novelists and Terrorists in Contemporary Fiction.

 

M 12

Underworld, to end; DeLillo, Notes on "The Angel Esmeralda" [CP].

Leading Class Discussion: Jill Clingan, Lisa Ramussen

 

W 14

DeLillo, "The Power of History" (1997), "The River Jordan" (1960), "Take the 'A' Train" (1962), "Human Moments in World War III" (1983) [all CP].

Review: Darin Jensen on Joseph Tabbi’s Postmodern Sublime: Technology and Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk

 

M 19

selections from The Names: pp. 1-64, 294-331.

Review: Rachel Yuhas on Patti White’s Gatsby’s Party: The System and the List in Contemporary Narrative

 

M 26

Mao II (1991), "At Yankee Stadium," "Part One."

Leading Class Discussion: Stephen Sink, Darin Jensen

 

F 30

Mao II, "In Beirut"; Paul Auster and Don DeLillo, "Salman Rushdie Defense Pamphlet" (1994) [W]; Franz Kafka, "A Hunger Artist" (1924) [CP], DeLillo, "The Artist Naked in a Cage" (1997) [X].

Review: Shawna Dulan, on Mark Osteen’s American Magic and Dread: Don DeLillo’s Dialogue with Culture


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