The Edinburgh Companion to Don DeLillo and the Arts

Edited by Catherine Gander

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The first book to comprehensively address Don DeLillo’s deep and lasting engagement with the arts across the entirety of his writing career

  • Provides the first comprehensive study of Don DeLillo’s profound engagement with the visual, performing and plastic arts throughout his 50+ years career as a writer

The Edinburgh Companion to Don DeLillo and the Arts is the first book to provide a comprehensive study of Don DeLillo’s career-long engagements with the visual, literary, digital and televisual, performing, filmic, and spatial arts. Gathering original essays from a diverse range of international contributors, including established voices in DeLillo criticism and emerging experts, the volume forges new paths in the study of one of the greatest authors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Beginning with a section dedicated to experiential and political aesthetics in DeLillo’s work, the Companion offers new perspectives on the forms and functions of the arts across DeLillo’s entire oeuvre—from his first novel Americana, through his plays, essays, short stories, to his latest novel, The Silence. This exciting Companion is a genuine intervention in DeLillo scholarship by offering an interdisciplinary examination of his work across forms, media, method, and theory.

List of Figures


Introduction. Ways of Seeing / Don DeLillo and the Arts - Catherine Gander

Part I: DeLillo and Aesthetics: Art as Experience

  1. A Tender Experience: Aesthetics of Death in DeLillo’s Fiction - Peter Boxall
  2. The Art of Feeling - Alexandra Kingston-Reese
  3. The Art of War - Margaret Scanlan
  4. The Art Encounter - Jonathan Gibbs

Part II: Visual Arts and Cultures

  1. Radiance and Repetition: DeLillo’s Icons - Sarah Garland
  2. L’objet trouvé and the Pressure of History: DeLillo’s Aesthetic of Found Things and the 1970s - Tim Jelfs
  3. DeLillo’s Photo Opportunity - Monika Gehlawat
  4. Where Have All the Writers Gone? Art and Vision in DeLillo’s Later Works - Laura Barrett
  5. DeLillo’s Landscapes - Elise Martucci
  6. DeLillo in Colour - Brian Jarvis

Part III: Literary Arts

  1. The Art of Editing - Tim Groenland
  2. Poetry - Catherine Gander
  3. Ekphrasis - Graley Herren
  4. Staged Events: Don DeLillo, The Short Story, Intellectuals and The Arts - Henry Veggian
  5. Joycean DeLillo - Kiron Ward
  6. DeLilloesque: DeLillo’s Cultural Impact - Andrew Hoberek

Part IV: Film, Screens, and Technology

  1. DeLillo and the Cinematic Long Take - David Hering
  2. Thematic Equivalence and Ontological Ambivalence: Film Adaptations of the Works of Don DeLillo - Cristina Garrigós
  3. Video Art and the Elasticity of Duration - Catherine Morley
  4. Screen, Image and the Technological Sublime - Joseph M. Conte
  5. Screening Fundamentalism, Fanaticism and Terrorism in DeLillo’s Post-9/11 Fiction - Liliana M. Naydan
  6. The Digital Physics of Reading DeLillo - Licheng Xie

Part V: Embodied Arts: Performance and Spectacle

  1. Phones, Words and Silences: On Performance and Performativity in DeLillo’s Narrators - Jesse Kavadlo
  2. DeLillo Across Page and Stage - Rebecca Rey
  3. Transforming the Spectacle in DeLillo’s Late Novels - Pavlina Radia
  4. DeLillo’s Performances of Abjection - Kelsie Donnelly

Part VI: Place, Site, Space

  1. DeLillo and Land Art - Katie da Cunha Lewin
  2. DeLillo and the Gallery - David Coughlan
  3. Time and Loss: DeLillo and the Imagination of Archaeology - David Cowart
  4. Going Up in the World: Architecture in the Works of Don DeLillo - Margaret Robson
  5. 'Bird Lives': The High Art of Graffiti in Don DeLillo - Michael Naas

Notes on Contributors


This capacious volume offers a treasure trove of insights and approaches. Spanning DeLillo’s entire oeuvre and featuring contributions from many distinguished scholars, the essays address the myriad ways that his works encounter and incorporate a wide range of art forms. It is sure to be an enormously valuable resource not only for DeLillo scholars, but for all readers interested in cross-artistic relationships and interdisciplinary criticism.

Mark Osteen, Loyola University Maryland
Catherine Gander is Associate Professor of American Literature at Maynooth University, Ireland. She is author of several journal articles and chapters on Don DeLillo, American poetry and the interarts. She is the author of Muriel Rukeyser and Documentary: The Poetics of Connection (EUP, 2013; winner of the IAAS book award) and Extending the Document: Contemporary Transmedial Poetics (forthcoming). She is co-editor and contributor to Mixed Messages: American Correspondences in Visual and Verbal Practices (2016) as well as editor of special journal issues on Muriel Rukeyser and on the American Imagetext. She is the Chair (2019-) of the Irish Association for American Studies (IAAS).

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