Title

Literary Lions Tackle 9/11: Updike and DeLillo Depicting History Through the Novel

Publication Title

Radical History Review

Publication Date

2011

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1215/01636545-1268785

Keywords

September 11, Updike, deLillo, history, journalism

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | Journalism Studies | Mass Communication

Abstract

In Terrorist (2006) and Falling Man (2007), John Updike and Don DeLillo present two contrasting yet equally compelling visions of the post-9/11 United States. Based on a close textual analysis of the novels and additional primary and secondary research, this article examines the role of popular literature and novelists in rendering history. Using the novels as a framework, the essay investigates the role literature performs when addressing contemporary historical events, as well as what function the author's reputation and the book's reception play in this endeavor.