Don DeLillo, "Zero K"

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Abstract

Can death be eradicated? What language might our deathless selves speak? What purpose would their lives serve? In The Value of the Novel (2015), Peter Boxall argues that the novel form is best equipped to answer such questions: “under an emerging global regime that is almost unreadable to us,” the novel in the twenty-first century “allows us to imagine and to make new worlds, to fashion new forms of accommodation between art and matter, or even to live in a condition of worldlessness.”1 The turn from historiography to futurography in Don DeLillo’s postmillennial writing can be seen to take up this speculative task, and nowhere more so than in his new book, Zero K
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of American Studies
Volume11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Keywords

  • Don DeLillo
  • posthumanism
  • twenty-first century
  • speculative fiction
  • literary studies

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