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Don DeLillo, Jean Baudrillard, and the Consumer Conundrum By Marc Schuster ...

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Don DeLillo, Jean Baudrillard, and the Consumer Conundrum

Foreword

Many critics have identified the affinities between French theorist Jean Baudrillard and American author Don DeLillo; however, this is the first detailed and sustained comparison between DeLillo's novels and Baudrillard's works. Instinctive connections are easily, indeed instantly, made between the two, but what this text does is explicitly unpick and develop these connections. This thorough and thoughtful reading of both writers not only acknowledges their affinities but also exhaustively explores the ways in which their writings inform and illuminate each other. By examining DeLillo's novels within Baudrillard's theoretical framework, Marc Schuster has provided a rich critical milieu in which an informed reading of both writers' works may take place. A wealth of insights is offered to both the new reader and the established fan. DeLillo is a major force in American literature and, as a consequence, a collection like this, with allusions ranging from T. S. Eliot to Slavoj Zizek, will prove invaluable to scholars of all levels. Similarly, Baudrillard's place on reading lists, especially for critical theory courses, is guaranteed, making this book crucial reading for those with either an academic or general