DeLillo Criticism - Essays
Here is an always incomplete list (though not a bad start)
of journal articles dealing with DeLillo's work. This includes
some essays published in books. Recent additions (added since
June 1999) to the list are marked with an asterisk in front. Entries
ending with an asterisk I have verified.
- Aldridge, John. Essay on Players. In The American
Novel and the Way We Live Now (Oxford University Press, 1983),
- Applen, J.D. "Examining the Discourse of the University:
The Use of Don DeLillo's White Noise in the Composition
Classroom." In Miss Grundy Doesn't Teach Here Anymore:
How Popular Culture Has Changed the Composition Studies Classroom
Ed. Diane Penrod (Portsmouth: Heineman-Boynton/Cook, 1997), pp.
- Applen, J.D. "Understanding the Text of America from
the Sixties to the Nineties." North Carolina English
Teacher. Wilmington, NC. Summer, 1997. pp. 2-9.*
- Atlas, James. "Fashionable Despair." Partisan
Review, Summer, 1979 (V46/#3), pp. 482-85. A review of Players.*
- Bawer, Bruce. "Don DeLillo's America." New Criterion,
April 1985, pp. 34-42. A negative overview of DeLillo's work
through White Noise. As Keesey puts it, "Tends to
identify DeLillo with his characters and blame him for their
faults." Reprinted in a book titled Diminishing Fictions.*
- Begley, Adam. Southwest Review, 1997 (V82/#4), pp.
- Bell, Pearl K. "DeLillo's World." Partisan Review,
Winter 1992 (V59/#1), pp. 138-46. A negative review of DeLillo's
- Berman, Neil. "End Zone: Play at the Brink."
In Playful Fictions and Fictional Players: Game, Sport, and
Survival in Contemporary American Fiction (1981), pp. 47-71.
- Bizzini, Silvia Caporale. "Can the intellectual still
speak? The example of Don DeLillo's Mao II." Critical
Quarterly, Summer, 1995 (V37/#2), pp. 104-17.*
- *Blom, Mattias. "Unmaking Identities: Going West in
DeLillo's Americana." In Stories of Old: The imagined
West and the Crisis of Historical Symbology in the 1970s
(Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala University, 1999), pp. 107-135.*
- Bonca, Cornel. "Don DeLillo's White Noise: The
Natural Language of the Species." College Literature,
June, 1996 (V23/#2), pp. 25-44.*
- Brent, Jonathan. "The Unimaginable Space of Danilo Kis
and Don DeLillo." Review of Contemporary Fiction,
Spring 1994 (V14/#1), p. 180.
- Bryant, Paula. "Discussing the Untellable: Don DeLillo's
The Names." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction,
Fall 1987 (V29/#1), pp. 16-29.*
- Bryant, Paula. "Extending the Fabulative Continuum:
DeLillo, Mooney and Federman." Extrapolation: A Journal
of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 1989 (#30), pp. 156-165.
- Bryson, Norman. "City of Dis: The Fiction of Don DeLillo."
Granta, #2, 1980, pp. 145-57.*
- Burke, William. "Football, Literature, Culture."
Southwest Review, Autumn 1975, pp. 391-398.*
- Cain, William E. "Making Meaningful Worlds: Self and
History in Libra." Michigan Quarterly Review,
Spring 1990, (V29), pp. 275-87.
- Carmichael, Thomas. "Buffalo/Baltimore, Athens/Dallas:
John Barth, Don DeLillo and the Cities of Postmodernism."
Canadian Review of American Studies, Fall 1991 (#22),
- Carmichael, Thomas. "Lee Harvey Oswald and the Postmodern
Subject: History and Intertextuality in Don DeLillo's Libra,
The Names and Mao II." Contemporary Literature,
Summer 1993 (V34/#2), pp. 204-218.*
- Caton, Lou F. English Language Notes, Sept. 1997 (V35/#1),
- Conroy, Mark. "From Tombstone to Tabloid: Authority
Figured in White Noise." Critique, Winter
1994 (V35/#2), p. 97-145.
- Cowart, David. "For Whom Bell Tolls: Don DeLillo's Americana."
Contemporary Literature, Winter, 1996 (V37/#4), pp. 602-19.
- Crow, Dallas. "Amazons, Don DeLillo's Pseudonymous
Novel." Notes on Contemporary Literature, November,
1998 (V28/#5), pp. 2-4.*
- Duvall, John N. "The (Super)Marketplace of Images: Television
as Unmediated Mediation in DeLillo's White Noise"
Arizona Quarterly, Autumn 1994 (V50/#3), pp. 127-153.*
Reprinted in the critical edition of White Noise.
- Duvall, John N. "Baseball as Aesthetic Ideology: Cold
War History, Race, and DeLillo's 'Pafko at the Wall'." Modern
Fiction Studies, Summer 1995 (V41/#2), pp. 285-313.*
- Edmundson, Mark. "Not Flat, Not Round, Not There: Don
DeLillo's Novel Characters." Yale Review, April,
1995 (V83/#2), pp. 107-124.*
- Frow, John. Essay on Running Dog. In Marxism and
Literary History (Harvard University Press, 1986), pp. 139-47.
- Gadarphe, Fred L. Gadarphe. An essay "Don DeLillo's
American Masquerade: Italianita in a Minor Key." In his
book, Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian
American Narrative (Duke University Press, Durham and London,
- Gatenby, Bruce. "A Disturbance of Memory: Language,
Terror and Intimacy in Don DeLillo's The Names." Revista
de Estudios Norteamericanos (Sevilla, Espana), Spring 1996.
- Hantke, Steffen. "God save us from bourgeois adventure:
the Figure of the Terrorist in Contemporary American Conspiracy
Fiction." Studies in the Novel, Summer 1996 (V28/#2),
- Harris, Paul A. "Epistemocritique: A Synthethic Matrix."
SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism,
1993 (#71/72), pp. 185-203. This is a heavy-duty lit crit essay
dealing with The Names.*
- Hayles, N. Katherine. "Postmodern Parataxis: Embodied
Texts, Weightless Information." American Literary History,
Fall, 1990 (V2/#3). Concerns White Noise and Geek Love
by Katherine Dunn.*
- Hendrix, Howard V. "Memories of the Sun, Perceptions
of Eclipse." New York Review of Science Fiction,
1992 (#46), p. 13-15.
- Higginbotham, J.K. "The 'Queer' in Don DeLillo's End
Zone." Notes on Contemporary Literature, 1989
(#19), p. 5-7.
- Howard, Gerald. "Slouching Towards Grubnet: The Author
in the Age of Publicity." Review of Contemporary Fiction,
1996 (V16/#1), pp. 44-53. This essay touches upon Mao II.*
- Hughes, Simon. "Don DeLillo: Mao II and the Writer
as Actor." Scripsi, 1991 (V7/#2).
- Isaacs, Neil D. "Out of the End Zone: Sports in the
rest of DeLillo." Arete, 1985 (#3), pp. 85-95.
- Jameson, Frederic. review of The Names. The Minnesota
Review, Spring, 1984, pp. 116-122.*
- Johnson, Diane. "Terrorists as Moralists: Don DeLillo."
In Terrorists and Novelists (1982), pp. 105-10.*
- Johnson, Stuart. "Extraphilosophical Instigations in
Don DeLillo's Running Dog." Contemporary Literature,
Spring, 1985 (V26/#1), pp. 74-90.*
- Johnston, John. "Generic Difficulties in the Novels
of Don DeLillo." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction,
Summer 1989 (V30), pp. 261-75. Keesey incorrectly notes this
as "Generic Discontinuities...".*
- Johnston, John. "Post-Cinematic Fiction: Film in the
Novels of Pynchon, McElroy and DeLillo." New Orleans
Review, 1990, (V17/#2), pp. 90-97.*
- Johnston, John. "Representation and Multiplicity in
Four Postmodern American Novels." In Critical Essays
on American Postmodernism ed. Stanley Trachtenberg (New York:
G.K. Hall & Co., 1995), pp. 169-181.
- Johnston, John. "Superlinear Fiction or Historical Diagram?
Don DeLillo's Libra." Modern Fiction Studies,
Summer 1994 (V40/#2), p. 319.*
- Keesey, Douglas. "The Ideology of Detection in Pynchon
and DeLillo." Pynchon Notes, 1993 #32-33.
- King, Noel. "Reading White Noise: floating remarks."
Critical Quarterly, 1991, (V33/#3), pp. 66-83.*
- Kucich, John. "Postmodern Politics: Don DeLillo and
the Plight of the White Male Writer." Michigan Quarterly
Review, Spring, 1988 (V27/#2), pp. 328-41.*
- Maltby, Paul. "The Romantic Metaphysics of Don DeLillo."
Contemporary Literature, Summer, 1996 (V37/#2), pp. 258-77.*
- McClure, John. "Systems and Secrets: Don DeLillo's Postmodern
Thrillers." In Late Imperial Romance (Verso, 1994),
- Messmer, Michael. "Thinking it Through Completely: The
Interpretation of Nuclear Culture." Centennial Review,
Fall 1988 (V32/#4), pp. 397-413.*
- Michael, Magali Cornier. "The Political Paradox within
Don DeLillo's Libra." Critique: Studies in Contemporary
Fiction, Spring 1994 (V35/#3), pp. 146-56.
- Morris, Matthew J. "Murdering Words: Language in Action
in Don DeLillo's The Names." Contemporary Literature,
Spring 1989 (V30/#1), pp. 113-127.*
- Mott, Christopher M. "Libra and the Subject of
History." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction,
Spring 1994 (V35/#3), pp. 131-45.
- Mottram, Eric. "The Real Needs of Man: Don DeLillo's
Novels." In The New American Writing: Essays on American
Literature Since 1970 ed. Graham Clarke (St. Martins, 1990),
- Mullen, Bill. "No There There: Cultural Criticism as
Lost Object in Don DeLillo's Players and Running Dog."
In Powerless Fictions? Ethics, Cultural Critique, and American
Fiction in the Age of Postmodernism ed. Ricardo Miguel Alfoson
(Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996), pp. 113-39.
- Nadeau, Robert. Chapter on DeLillo. In Readings from the
New Book on Nature (University of Massachusetts Press, 1981),
- O'Donnell, Patrick. "Obvious Paranoia: The Politics
of Don DeLillo's Running Dog." Centennial Review,
Winter, 1990 (V34/#1), pp. 56-72.*
- O'Donnell, Patrick. "Engendering Paranoia in Contemporary
Narrative." Boundary 2: An International Journal on Literature
and Culture, 1992 (#19), pp. 181-204.
- Oriard, Michael. "Don DeLillo's Search for Walden Pond."
Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, 1978 (V20/#1), pp.
5-24. An early essay focusing on the first four novels, End
- Oriard, Michael. "Don DeLillo (1936- )." In Postmodern
Fiction: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide, ed. Larry McCaffery
(Greenwood Press, 1986), pp. 323-26.*
- Osteen, Mark. "Against the End: Asceticism and Apocalypse
in Don DeLillo's End Zone." Papers on Language
and Literature, Winter 1990 (V26/#1), pp. 143-63.*
- Osteen, Mark. "'A Moral Form to Mortal Commerce': The
Economies of Great Jones Street." Critique: Studies
in Modern Fiction Spring 1994 (V35/#3), pp. 157-72.*
- Osteen, Mark. "Children of Godard and Coca-Cola: Cinema
and Consumerism in Don DeLillo's Early Fiction." Contemporary
Literature, Fall, 1996 (V37/#3), pp. 439-70.*
- Parks, John G. "The Noise of Magic Kingdoms: Reflections
in Theodicy in Two Recent American Novels." Cithara:
Essays in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition, 1990 (#29), pp.
- Pastore, Judith Laurence. "Marriage American Style:
Don DeLillo's Domestic Satire." Voices in Italian Americana,
1990 (#1), pp. 1-19.
- Pastore, Judith Laurence. "Palomar and Gladney: Calvino
and DeLillo Play with the Dialectics of Subject/Object Relationships."
Italian Culture, 1991 (#9), pp. 331-42.*
- Pastore, Judith Laurence. "Pirandello's Influence on
American Writers: Don DeLillo's The Day Room." Italian
Culture, 1990 (#8), pp. 431-47.*
- Peyser, Thomas. "Globalization in America: the Case
of Don DeLillo's White Noise." Clio, 1996
(V25/#3), pp. 255-71.
- Reeve, N. H. and Kerridge, Richard. "Toxic Events: Postmodernism
and DeLillo's White Noise." Cambridge Quarterly,
1994 (V23/#4), pp. 303-23.*
- Saltzman, Arthur M. "The Figure in the Static: White
Noise." Modern Fiction Studies, Winter 1994 (V40/#4),
- Saltzman, Arthur M. Chapter 5 entitled "Fluent Mundos:
Ratner's Star and Plus." In The Novel in
the Balance, (South Carolina, 1993) pp. 83-102.
- Scanlan, Margaret. "The Writer Among Terrorists: Don
DeLillo's Mao II and the Rushdie Affair." Modern
Fiction Studies, Summer 1994 (V40/#2), pp. 229-252.*
- Schaub, Thomas. "Don DeLillo's Systems: 'What is Now
Natural'." Contemporary Literature, Spring, 1989
(V30/#1), pp. 128-32. A review of LeClair's In the Loop.*
- Simmons, Philip E. Chapter entitled "Don DeLillo's Invisible
Histories." In Deep Surfaces: Mass Culture & History
in Postmodern American Fiction (Athens: University of Georgia
- Storoff, Gary. "The Failure of Games in Don DeLillo's
End Zone." In American Sport Culture: The Humanistic
Dimensions, ed. Wiley Lee Umphlett (Bucknell University Press,
1985), pp. 235-45.
- Tabbi, Joseph. Chapter entitled "From the Sublime to
the Beautiful to the Political: Don DeLillo at Midcareer"
in Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from
Mailer to Cyberpunk (Cornell University Press, 1995), pp.
- Taylor, Anya. "Words, War, and Meditation in Don DeLillo's
End Zone." International Fiction Review, January,
1977 (V4/#1), pp. 68-70.*
- Thornton, Z. Bart. "Linguistic Disenchantment and Architectural
Solace in DeLillo and Artaud." Mosaic, March 1997
(V30/#1), p. 97-112.
- Wacker, Norman. "Mass Culture/Mass Novel: The Representational
Politics of Don DeLillo's Libra." Works and Days
Spring 1990, #8, pp. 67-87.*
- Wallace, David Foster. "E. Unibus Pluram: Television
and U.S. Fiction." In A Supposedly Fun Thing That I'll
Never Do Again, Little, Brown, 1997.*
- White, Patti. Chapter entitled "Toxic Textual Events."
In Gatsby's Party: The System and the List in Contemporary
Narrative (W. Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 1992).
- Wilcox, Leonard. "Baudrillard, DeLillo's White Noise,
and the End of Heroic Narrative." Contemporary Literature,
Fall 1991 (V32/#3), pp. 346-65.*
- Wilson, Robert F., Jr. "DeLillo's Libra: Fiction
and Pseudo-History?" Contemporary Literature, 1989
(#19), pp. 8-9.
- Young, James Dean. "A Don DeLillo Checklist." Critique:
Studies in Modern Fiction, 1978 (V20/#1), pp. 25-26. An early
- Zinman, Toby Silverman. "Gone Fission: The Holocaustic
Wit of Don DeLillo." Modern Drama, March, 1991 (V34/#1),
pp. 74-87. The first critical work I have seen that deals with
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