EXTENDED DEADLINE: “DeLillo and Privacy: The 47th Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900"
The Don DeLillo Society is seeking papers for a panel on "DeLillo and Privacy" for the 47th Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900:
Throughout his career, Don DeLillo has examined the interplay between the private self and the public sphere. The notion of “privacy” in DeLillo has multiple iterations, ranging from the ability to construct a self outside of government interference, to the need for privacy in the creation of artistic works. Given DeLillo’s penchant for novels set against pivotal historical events, how does privacy function in larger narratives of history? And given the emphasis on collectivities in certain contemporary theorists, how does privacy factor in this conversation? Does privacy in DeLillo imply individualism, solipsism, or does DeLillo posit communities that exist in privacy as opposed to public spheres that would oppress them? In DeLillo’s 21stCentury works, what role does privacy play, especially in light of developments in information technology, and the global war on terrorism? Do these recent works from DeLillo signal a shift in his understanding, and contemplation of, privacy from the work of prior decades? Indeed, since DeLillo began publishing in the early 1970’s, how might privacy be seen as a thread throughout his oeuvre thus far? In Mao II, DeLillo set up an opposition between privacy and the cultivation of artistic and spiritual experiments, and the public sphere with mass movements led by charismatic, authoritarian leaders. Yet, in Zero K, privacy is something cultivated by an elite class of the super-rich who believe their remove from the public sphere will bring about a posthuman future for a select few.
Given the broad nature of "privacy" in DeLillo, we are looking for a wide variety of papers, especially as it is a thread throughout his entire career.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as a short bio, to Teddy Hamstra, firstname.lastname@example.org , by September 22nd.