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Title: Belief Amid Scepticism: Spirituality in Don DeLillo's Fiction
Keywords: Belief Scepticism Spirituality Don DeLillo Fiction
Issue Date: 5-Aug-2006
Citation: AW YONG BEE YENG (2006-08-05). Belief Amid Scepticism: Spirituality in Don DeLillo's Fiction. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The belief-scepticism dialectic is characteristic of Don DeLilloa??s writing, and has led critics to locate him as either a believer or a cynic. This thesis investigates the relationship between belief and scepticism in DeLilloa??s story-worlds, and reads his texts as evidencing belief amid stark cynicism. Focusing on four texts by DeLillo (The Names, White Noise, Mao II, and Underworld), it examines how faith co-exists with scepticism, and how belief can be inferred through parody, irony and critique, and literary melancholia. Drawing on the double-codedness of parody, and Freudian theory of jokes, this thesis first argues that scepticism is a veneer which conceals the characters' affirmation of spiritual experiences. Secondly, DeLilloa??s critique of certain religious movements ironically presents the need for spiritual faith, and his endorsement of religious impulses. Finally, the melancholia in his texts bespeaks spiritual lack, and is a sign of the continuing presence of belief.
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