Degree Year

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

William Patrick Day

Keywords

White noise, Don DeLillo, Sub genre, Bahktin, Politics, Baudrillard, Play

Abstract

This paper explores the use of sub-genre in Don DeLillo's White Noise as a tool of meaning creation. The paper starts by examining previous approaches to the novel, which engaged with more explicitly political readings, and argues that these readings to not offer the contemporary reader much traction in thinking about White Noise. By providing an extensive account of how sub-genre is used in the novel's three sections, the paper concludes that White Noise can offer a notion of political perspective, in the absence of offering political prescriptions.

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