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.
Radical History Review
Batchelor, Bob (2011). Literary Lions Tackle 9/11: Updike and DeLillo Depicting History Through the Novel. Radical History Review 2011(111) 175-183. doi: 10.1215/01636545-1268785. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/jmcpubs/1