"It sure as hell looked like war": terrorism and the Cold War in Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day and Don DeLillo's Underworld

Eve, Martin Paul (2013) "It sure as hell looked like war": terrorism and the Cold War in Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day and Don DeLillo's Underworld. In: Thomas Pynchon and the (de)vices of global (post)modernity. Wydawnictwo KUL / John Paul II Catholic University Press, Lublin. ISBN 9788377026106

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Abstract

This piece explores, necessarily briefly, the conceptions of terrorism in two novels that stand separated by the calamitous events of September 11th, 2001: Pynchon's Against the Day and Don DeLillo's Underworld, with special focus upon the genesis of these depictions in Cold War politics. While there are cases to be made for many geographico-historical connections in both Pynchon's and DeLillo's work – for instance, Sam Thomas has recently highlighted the Balkans – the Cold War presents a locus of economics, religion and terror that is to be found at few other points.

Keywords:Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Terrorism, Literature
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:7159
Deposited On:25 Feb 2013 17:29

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