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Master of Arts (MA)
Don DeLillo’s Underworld employs formal approaches to the novel that question the limits of language. DeLillo’s novel charts an ecology of the human relation to the material world as it is created by language. He uses parataxis to demonstrate the methods whereby language receives limitation from its situation in frames of reference that are both historical and fictional. His formal techniques show how Cold War tropes inform interpretation of the material world through discourse, in terms of paranoia and knowledge, consumer capitalism and waste, and historically relevant forms of mimesis. This thesis argues that DeLillo’s emphasis on the limitation of discourse through framing encourages the reader to consider the ability of language to generate awareness of the grounds for its situatedness in time and history. The reader’s ceremonial engagement with the mimesis of the text creates the possibility for a temporality based in thought, dignity, and consequence to emerge.
Hagan, Andrew B. Mr., "Time and 'Manyness': Temporality, Ecology, and Form in Don DeLillo's Underworld." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2019.
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