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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 completely.

-- Don DeLillo, The Names (1982)

Calls for Papers | Conference Sessions & Meetings | New and Forthcoming Publications

Calls for Papers

Companion to the American Novel for Facts on File.

Abby H. P. Werlock is preparing a 2-volume Companion to the American Novel for Facts on File, sequel to the award-winning The Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story, and still has openings for essays on specific American fiction titles. Professor Werlock is particularly interested in entries on Don DeLillo's Mao II and Underworld.

Essays written in a lively, jargon-free style, should be approximately 1000 words exclusive of bibliography. Authors are encouraged to include original and intriguing interpretations of the novels.

The deadline is 20 October 2004. The publisher, Facts on File, plans to include this book in its forthcoming literature database.

For further information and a list of other available titles, please contact her via any of the methods listed below.

Abby H. P. Werlock
Associate Professor of American Literature Emerita,
St Olaf College
Fox Run
154 Fox Run Road
Mainesburg PA 16932
T: 570-549-2104
F: 570-549-2604 or

Conference Sessions & Meetings

Midwest MLA Convention, Saint Louis, Nov 4-7, 2004.

Don DeLillo and Performance. Don DeLillo, winner of the National Book Award, the William Dean Howells medal, and the Jerusalem Prize, is known primarily through his fiction. Yet he is also a playwright, and performance literal and figurative, visual and verbal, as art and artifice features prominently as a part of his drama as well as his fiction. This session will examine the ways in which aspects of performance, bodily and theoretical, inform the narrative, cultural, linguistic, spiritual, and even sexual underpinnings of DeLillo's drama and fiction. 250 word abstracts by March 1 to Jesse Kavadlo, English Department, Winona State Univ., P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN 55987-5838,

American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 27-30, 2004.

Ekphrasis in Recent Fiction. Despite its etymologically inherent elasticity, ekphrasis as a critical concept has traditionally been confined to the domain of poetry. Here, ekphrasis suggests a process by which poetry evokes and describes fictive as well as non-fictive works of art (the Homeric Shield, the Keatsian Urn). For this panel, we seek contributions which explore the implications of what Murray Krieger calls "the ekphrastic impulse" for recent prose fiction. In this respect, several writers immediately come to mind: Paul Auster (film); Richard Powers (photography); Don DeLillo (contemporary visuality); Siri Hustvedt (painting) and certainly countless others. Papers may address issues such as: the significance of the ekphrastic in narrative; a reconsideration of the ekphrastic object in an age of interart traffic (film, photography, music); the implications of a reconceptualization of ekphrasis for intertextuality; contemporary fiction in a "visual culture.
Send abstracts to:
Asbjørn Grønstad and Øyvind Vågnes
Department of English
University of Bergen
Norway and

American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 27-30, 2004.

Art and the Artist. We are seeking papers for a panel which will examine visual art & and the role of the artist within the work of Don DeLillo, and might address anything from the influence of individual works of art (eg Bruegel in Underworld) to the fascination with the complicated connections of visual images (eg graffiti/ the situationists/ protest/ surrealism). Papers might consider the role of media, and how DeLillo transforms the images of contemporary society into verbal art. Time is of the essence. Panel should be finalized by the end of January, 2004.

Possibilities for papers include:

  • Art as political protest/ presenting political agendas
  • Art as resistance, invasion or revolution
  • Mediation of ‘artistic’ images
  • The shock, the assault, the extreme
  • Media; mass communication; consumer society
  • Body art, performance art
  • Street drama, posters, graffiti as art
  • Art & the environment
  • The city
  • Photography, filmmaking, videos
  • Ekphrasis; inspiration; reproduction
  • The crowd
  • Theoretical insights (modernist, postmodern, psychoanalytic etc)
  • Connections, allusions and influences
  • Education, students, the role of ‘the expert’
  • Cultural capital/ cultural difference/ ‘otherness’
  • Gender roles & art
  • Globalisation
  • Ecological issues
  • Medical science
  • Religious artefacts & beliefs
  • Technology, multi-media, internet, cyberspace
  • Data, knowledge, intellectual property
  • Finance, capital, power, market economies
  • Communication, language, interpretation
  • The copy

Please submit 300-500 word abstracts before January 27th to:

Dr Ruth Helyer
University of Teesside

Sponsored by the Don DeLillo Society.

New Publication


Kavadlo, Jesse. Balance and Belief in Don DeLillo's Recent Fiction. Peter Lang, 2004.

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