Terrorism and Temporality in the Works of Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo

Terrorism and Temporality in the Works of Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo

by James Gourley


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Terrorism and Temporality in the Works of Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo starts from a simple premise: that the events of the 11th of September 2001 must have had a major effect on two New York residents, and two of the seminal authors of American letters, Pynchon and DeLillo. By examining implicit and explicit allusion to these events in their work, it becomes apparent that both consider 9/11 a crucial event, and that it has profoundly impacted their work. From this important point, the volume focuses on the major change identifiable in both authors' work; a change in the perception, and conception, of time. This is not, however, a simple change after 2001. It allows, at the same time, a re-examination of both authors work, and the acknowledgment of time as a crucial concept to both authors throughout their careers. Engaging with several theories of time, and their reiteration and examination in both authors' work, this volume contributes both to the understanding of literary time, and to the work of Pynchon and DeLillo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628928051
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/18/2014
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James Gourley is a Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and member of the Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

1. Mao II: Pre-Figurations of Terrorist Temporality
2. The Futurity of the 10th of September
3. Beckett's Proust and Falling Man
4. Intimate Time: The Limits of Temporality in Point Omega
5. Pre-Cursors to Pynchon's Reconsideration of Temporality in Gravity's Rainbow
6. The Duration of Thomas Pynchon's Hell
7. Pynchon's Futurist Manifesto
8. Inherent Vice and the Chronotope

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