Dislocation in Cosmopolis: DeLillo

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Introduction Literature, after the catastrophe of 9/11, took a different path. It became concerned with how the utopia became dystopia. They particularly explored the cultural causes of terrorism. DeLillo investigates the role of various groups in society. Ian McEwan was one writer who responded to the attacks with his novel Saturday (2005) Cosmopolis is particularly interesting because it narrates and offers a careful and detailed account of the description of people and places. in the turn of the century. DeLillo was very much preoccupied with America is shown as a hybrid society inhibited by multinational people. Cosmopolitanism fails as a result of the west’s inability to embrace and accept it. DeLillo presents a postmodern version of cosmopolis. A postmodern condition of New York in particular. The ideas merge and meet in a cosmopolis. The novel depicts America as a nation embracing various nationalities. A Cosmopolis is perhaps a place colonized people would ever wish for and in subscribing to it they become cosmopolitan. However, the attacks of 2001 had negative impacts on the multiculturalism, causing a renewed interest toward nationalism. In the words of Burhan and Pirnajmuddin “generally, the very presence of Muslims and the Arabs in American society has come to be seen as a threat which, shaded by multicultural idealizations, used to be ignored”(17). DeLillo depicts multinationalism as a potential source for the rise terrorism. The irony is that the east attacks the west with its own technologies. Eric constantly doubts that “we are impenetrable” from the beginning of the novel, yet we see that he is wrong. As Eric sitting in his limousine passes through various According to Brennan, “What cosmopolitanism evokes a ... ... middle of paper ... ...on to American Fiction 1900 – 1950. Massachusetts: Blackwell, 2007. Gupta, Suman. Globalization and Literature. Cambridge: Polity, 2009. McLeod, John. The Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies. New York: Routledge, 2007. McKean, Erin, ed. Oxford American Large Print Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006. Morris, William, ed. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1969. Safran, William. “Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1991), pp. 83-99. Vertovec, Steven (1997) ‘Three Meanings of “Diaspora,” Exemplifi ed among South Asian Religions’, Diaspora 6(3): 277–300. Varsava, Jerry A. “The "Saturated Self": Don DeLillo on the Problem of Rogue Capitalism”. Contemporary Literature. Vol. 46, No. 1 (Spring, 2005), pp. 78-107

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