Media violence, catholic mystery, and counter-fundamentalism: A post-9/11 rhetoric of flexibility in don DeLillo's Point Omega

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Abstract

This article considers Don DeLillo's Point Omega as a tacit response to 9/11 in which violence assumes an aura of Catholic mystery. In the novel, DeLillo screens violence from view to critique replayed, on-screen media violence and fanatical fundamentalist terrorism. He thus reinvigorates the novelist as a visionary rhetorical force that fosters contemplation via questions and advocates for compromise rather than extremism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-107
Number of pages14
JournalCritique - Studies in Contemporary Fiction
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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