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    It’s only a game? Sport, sexuality and war in Don DeLillo’s End Zone

    Harvey, Andy (2010) It’s only a game? Sport, sexuality and war in Don DeLillo’s End Zone. Aethlon XXVIII (1), pp. 99-110. ISSN 1048-3756.

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    In this paper I explore the world of games as conceived by Don DeLillo in his groundbreaking second novel, End Zone (1971). Through a close reading of the text and by recruiting theoretical perspectives from literary criticism, psychoanalysis and philosophy, I argue that DeLillo’s figuring of games of different kinds, including football, war and language, unite in uncovering undercurrents of sex and sexuality that lurk beneath the text. Through his disruptive narrative technique DeLillo achieves an unsettling effect that calls into question the reader’s assumptions of a hetero-normative sexuality that is often assumed to be a “sine qua non” of the male sports team locker room.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Andrew Harvey
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2013 13:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:01


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