History, Biography, and Narrative in Don DeLillo's Libra

Thomas, Glen J. (1997) History, Biography, and Narrative in Don DeLillo's Libra. Twentieth Century Literature, 43(1), pp. 106-124.

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An analysis of Don DeLillo’s Libra for two main forms of desire for plot. The first of these is Lee Oswald’s desire to attain a sense of unity of self. Oswald is frustrated in this desire by the workings of language. The text demonstrates that the subject is structured in and through language, in the way in which Oswald functions as a sign. The second form of desire for plot is Nicholas Branch’s narrative desire to write the definitive history of the Kennedy assassination. Like Oswald’s, Branch’s desire is frustrated. He is unable to write this account because he cannot create a narrative from the information about the assassination.

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ID Code: 170
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Don DeLillo, Libra, Kennedy Assassination, Theories of History
ISSN: 0041462X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > North American Literature (200506)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 Hofstra University
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:21

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