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Generations of meaning: The matrix of authority in Don DeLillo's "White Noise"

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2003
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Since its appearance in 1985, Don DeLillo's novel White Noise has been regarded as the prototype of the postmodern novel---though not for style and form, but rather for content and theme. DeLillo's postmodern society is the site of dissipated "structures" of power and authority, the hyperreal realm of simulacrum. The narrator---J.A.K. (a.k.a. Jack) Gladney---cannot fathom this world of disseminated authority, where knowledge and power are continually generated behind what Michel Foucault calls "the great abstraction of exchange". My thesis suggests that Jack's struggle to cope in this society is complicated by his own, exaggerated subjectivity. He is, in the words of Leonard Wilcox, a quintessential "modernist". His plight therefore becomes a proxy battle for these two epics, the modern and postmodern.
Title: Generations of meaning: The matrix of authority in Don DeLillo's "White Noise".
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Name(s): Potter, Richard Michael.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Scroggins, Mark, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 83 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Since its appearance in 1985, Don DeLillo's novel White Noise has been regarded as the prototype of the postmodern novel---though not for style and form, but rather for content and theme. DeLillo's postmodern society is the site of dissipated "structures" of power and authority, the hyperreal realm of simulacrum. The narrator---J.A.K. (a.k.a. Jack) Gladney---cannot fathom this world of disseminated authority, where knowledge and power are continually generated behind what Michel Foucault calls "the great abstraction of exchange". My thesis suggests that Jack's struggle to cope in this society is complicated by his own, exaggerated subjectivity. He is, in the words of Leonard Wilcox, a quintessential "modernist". His plight therefore becomes a proxy battle for these two epics, the modern and postmodern.
Identifier: 9780496181698 (isbn), 13005 (digitool), FADT13005 (IID), fau:9872 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2003.
Subject(s): DeLillo, Don--White noise
Postmodernism (Literature)
Authority in literature
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