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EN304 Don DeLillo, White Noise, 1984

Highly Recommended

Jean Baudrillard, America, tr. By Chris Turner, (London: Verso, 1988)

Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: a social critique of the judgement of taste (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984)

From Modernism to Postmodernism: an anthology, ed. by Lawrence Cahoone (Blackwells, 1996)

Frederic Jameson, Postmodernism: or, the cultural logic of late capitalism, (London: Verso, 1992)

New Essays on White Noise, ed. by Frank Lentricchia (Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Introducing Don DeLillo, ed. by Frank Lentricchia (Duke University Press, 1991)

Kenneth Millard, Contemporary American Fiction: An introduction to American fiction since 1970 (Oxford University Press, 2000)

Some Relevant Chapters in the Secondary Reading

“The Eighties,” in Bradbury & Temperley, Introduction to American Studies.

“Technology and Media Culture,” in Campbell & Kean, American Cultural Studies.

“Ideology and Diversity in American Television,” in Mitchell & Maidment, The United States in the Twentieth Century: Culture.


Percy Adlon, Rosalie Goes Shopping, 1989

Sam Mendes dir. American Beauty, 1999

Oliver Stone dir. Natural Born Killers, 1994

Further Reading

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)

Richard Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (1970)

E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime (1975)

John Irving, the World According to Garp (1978)

Richard Ford, Independence Day (1995)