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Conspiracy and Paranoia in Contemporary American Fiction

The Works of Don DeLillo and Joseph McElroy

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Steffen Hantke

Under the influence of Thomas Pynchon, a generation of postmodern American writers has explored the theme of conspiracy and paranoia, its origins in contemporary American culture, and its political and ideological ramifications. This intense preoccupation with paranoid forms of conceptual organization has helped critics to represent postmodernism as a coherent phenomenon and define it as a period. While for many readers the assumption of periodic homogeneity is still valid, postmodern fiction has, in fact, been diversifying rapidly in the course of its development over the last 20 years. In the works of Don DeLillo and Joseph McElroy, a new set of narrative premises, which mark a significant paradigmatic shift within postmodern American fiction, has begun to emerge from the dialogic interplay with Pynchonesque paranoia.

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I. Introduction I. Toward a MorpholOJ?Y of Conspiracy Fiction . ................... . 2. Toward a Genealogy of Postmodern Conspiracy Fiction.............. 20 II. The Works of Don DeLillo and Joseph McElroy I. White Noise and The Letter Left To Me: The Trope of Hyperbole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 2. Ratner's Star and Women and Men: Encyclopedic Fictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 3. Running Dog and Hind's Kidnap: The Dissociation of Conspiracy and Paranoia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X4 4. Great Jones Street and Ancient History: The Construction of Genre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I 0 I 5. The Names and Lookout Cartridge: The Representation of Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 n. Mao H, Players, and Lookout Cartridge: The Politics of Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 7. Libra and Women and Men: The Representation of History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14X III. Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Works Consulted.......................................... IXO This page intentionally left blank

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