Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Arts (MA)
Department / School
This thesis will examine Don DeLillo's reaction to technology in relation to an American literary tradition of writers who criticize scientific advancement. Since the Industrial Revolution many writers have rejected technology by citing the dehumanizing effects of industrialization, such as a diminished sense of individuality and the increase of psychic distress. By incorporating the critical studies of T. J. Jackson Lears, Leo Marx, Lisa Steinman, Cecilia Tichi, and other scholars concerned with this issue, I will situate DeLillo's work within its proper literary historical context. Further, I will argue that DeLillo adds to this literary tradition by investigating the role that technology plays in deconstructing cultural narratives. I will demonstrate how White Noise, Libra, and Mao II, the author's last three novels, challenge the positivist assumptions of scientific progress.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
DeLillo, Don -- Criticism and interpretation Delillo, Don White noise Delillo, Don Libra Delillo, Don Mao II Literature and technology
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Quigley, Matthew B., "Literature v. Technology : Don DeLillo's Postmodern Contribution" (1996). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 553.