Don DeLillo and Religious Spaces PAMLA Panel

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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The Don DeLillo Society invites abstracts on DeLillo's use of space, virtual or physical, as new religious sites. From Jack Gladney's transcendent trips to the supermarket in White Noise to Sister Edgar's implied dissolution into the virtual heaven of the internet in Underworld, religious spaces proliferate throughout DeLillo's work. Yet in contrast to the religious experience, DeLillo also suggests a destructive inversion: The Airborne Toxic Event, The Kazakh Test Site. Characters often undertake pilgrimages to mid-Western towns, art exhibits, weapons testing sites, and even city dumps. In each of these excursions, characters seek to understand a sociality between themselves and the contexts they inhabit. In conversation with this year's conference theme, "City of God, City of Destruction," we invite submissions relating to DeLillo's dualistic use of space as both religious and destructive in any of his works.

Please submit an abstract by July 15th. PAMLA is scheduled to take place November 12-15th in Las Vegas. You may present virtually if you prefer to do so.