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Cannistraro Seminar Series: Paul Giaimo on "Appreciating Don DeLillo"

(Mar 18, 2012)

In Appreciating Don DeLillo: The Moral Force of a Writer's Work (Praeger 2011), Paul Giaimo contends that Don DeLillo’s award-winning novels are fully defined by neither postmodernism nor modernism. In this presentation, Giaimo traces DeLillo’s style through his novels, showing how it evolved from a recognizably postmodern mode into a realistic treatment of contemporary, postmodern conditions.  He discusses themes that range from the devastating portrayals of evil in Mao II, Libra, and Cosmopolis, to the good and inspiring confrontation of media stereotypes and urban missionary work in Underworld. Equally important is Giaimo's discussion of the cultural background that should inform any reading of DeLillo's work, especially his Italian-American ethnic heritage and the American Catholic Church of the 1950s.


Thursday, March 22, 2012
6:00pm until 7:30pm
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd St, 17th floor
New York
The Philip V. Cannistraro Seminar Series in Italian American Studies