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The Language of Self
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The Language of Self

Strategies of Subjectivity in the Novels of Don DeLillo
Phill Pass
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The Language of Self

Strategies of Subjectivity in the Novels of Don DeLillo
Phill Pass
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The Language of Self explores the portrayal of subjectivity in Don DeLillo's fiction. It proposes that his characters' conception of self is determined by the tension between a desire for connection and a longing for isolation. The particular form taken by this language of self is shown to be both shaped by, and in turn formed through, an interaction with larger, social constructions of agency. In order to explore this phenomenon from both an individual and a social perspective, the author undertakes detailed close readings of DeLillo's texts, informed by nuanced theoretical analysis which stresses the symbiotic interaction of social and individual context.
This method informs the structure of the book, which is divided into three sections. The first, entitled 'Dasein', conceptualises how DeLillo's characters navigate between isolation and connection, shaping a particular enunciation of self which reflects the balance they strike between self and other. 'Phenomenology', the second section, explores how DeLillo's treatment of language and image alters this balance and examines the sustainability of each enunciation of self. The final section, 'Das Man', addresses how the language of self shapes, and is shaped by, a wider social context.

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Publisher
Peter Lang
Year
2013
ISBN
9783035305449
Topic
Literature
Subtopic
North American Literary Criticism
Edition
1

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