9780140274981

White Noise : Text and Criticism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140274981

  • ISBN10:

    0140274987

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-12-01
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Summary

Winner of the National Book Award in 1985, White Noise is the story of Jack and Babette and their children from their six or so various marriages. They live in a college town where Jack is Professor of Hitler Studies (and conceals the fact that he does not speak a word of German), and Babette teaches posture and volunteers by reading from the tabloids to a group of elderly shut-ins. They are happy enough until a deadly toxic accident and Babette's addiction to an experimental drug make Jake question everything. White Noise is considered a postmodern classic and its unfolding of themes of consumerism, family and divorce, and technology as a deadly threat have attracted the attention of literary scholars since its publication. This Viking Critical Library edition, prepared by scholar Mark Osteen, is the only edition of White Noise that contains the entire text along with an extensive critical apparatus, including a critical introduction, selected essays on the author, the work and its themes, reviews, a chronology of DeLillo's life and work, a list of discussion topics, and a selected bibliography.

Author Biography

Don DeLillo was born in 1936 in the Bronx, New York, and educated at Fordham University. He is the author of eleven novels, including White Noise (1985), which won the National Book Award, and Libra (1988), which won the Irish Times-Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize. His 1991 novel Mao II won the Pen/Faulkner Award. Other novels include Americana (1971), End Zone (1972), Running Dog (1978), and The Names (1982). His most recent novel is Underworld (1997). Don DeLillo is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii(10)
Chronology xvii(4)
I. WHITE NOISE: THE TEXT
xxi
II. CONTEXTS
327(36)
ANTHONY DECURTIS
from Matters of Fact and Fiction
329(2)
ADAM BEGLEY
from Don DeLillo: The Art of Fiction
331(2)
CARYN JAMES
"`I Never Set Out to Write an Apocalyptic Novel'"
333(2)
DON DELILLO
from Americana
335(4)
DON DELILLO
from End Zone
339(3)
DON DELILLO
from Players
342(2)
DON DELILLO
Silhouette City: Hitler, Manson and the Millennium
344(9)
Newsweek, Stories on the toxic leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India
353(10)
III. REVIEWS
363(22)
SOL YURICK
Fleeing Death in a World of Hyper-Babble
365(5)
ALBERT MOBILIO
Death by Inches
370(4)
DIANE JOHNSON
Conspirators
374(5)
PICO IYER
A Connoisseur of Fear
379(6)
IV. CRITICAL ESSAYS
385(132)
TOM LECLAIR
Closing the Loop: White Noise
387(25)
FRANK LENTRICCHIA
Don DeLillo's Primal Scenes
412(5)
JOHN FROW
The Last Things Before the Last: Notes on White Noise
417(15)
JOHN N. DUVALL
The (Super)Marketplace of Images: Television as Unmediated Mediation in DeLillo's White Noise
432(24)
CORNEL BONCA
Don DeLillo's White Noise: The Natural Language of the Species
456(24)
ARTHUR M. SALTZMAN
The Figure in the Static: White Noise
480(18)
PAUL MALTBY
The Romantic Metaphysics of Don DeLillo
498(19)
Topics for Discussion and Papers 517(8)
Selected Bibliography 525

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