"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: Kolbuszewska, Z. (ed.) Thomas Pynchon and the (de)vices of global (post)modernity. Studies in Literature and Culture 8. Lublin, Poland: Wydawnictwo KUL / John Paul II Catholic University Press. ISBN 9788377026106.
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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.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities|
|Research Centre:||Contemporary Literature, Centre for|
|Depositing User:||Martin Paul Eve|
|Date Deposited:||08 Oct 2015 12:08|
|Last Modified:||07 Dec 2016 15:37|
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