What is it about?

In his novel Zero K (2016), Don DeLillo provides a commentary on one pervading theme of the book, cryostasis. By engaging with modernist icons T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, DeLillo constructs Zero K as a “gallery,” so to speak, in which his modernist predecessors are displayed and preserved. In this essay, I show how DeLillo, as both author and curator, articulates his vision of the contemporary and its relationship to past and future history.

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Why is it important?

This article emphasizes the idea that postmodernism is not so much a turning away from the modernist literature that preceding it, but rather a re-imagining of many of the same issues and perspectives.

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This page is a summary of: Curating Modernism: Don DeLillo, T. S. Eliot, and Postmodern Muséality in Zero K, Intertexts, January 2018, Project Muse,
DOI: 10.1353/itx.2018.0005.
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