Don DeLillo's space: language, visual culture, bodies and terrorism.
This PhD thesis is a close textual analysis of Don DeLillo's fiction grounded in critical theory. The thesis re-evaluates and moves beyond descriptions of DeLillo's work as postmodern. The thesis addresses some comparatively overlooked but key texts from the poststructuralist tradition, taking us some way to a more adequate account of DeLillo's fascination with language, visual media and spatiality in all its forms. Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault's work on architecture and the spatial frames the theoretical approach. Related writings by Walter Benjamin, Henri Lefebvre and Mark Wigley are also considered. The theory permits an approach that ties together postmodernity, visual culture, language, space, architecture and the 'everyday' to claim that DeLillo's fiction has developed ways of representing resistance to the economic, political and cultural determinism implied by most theories of the postmodern. DeLillo thus emerges not as a reflector of postmodernity, but as its analyst.