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.
Looking at the Past: Nostalgia as Technique in "The Naked and the Dead" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls"10/01/2010
A literary criticism of the books "The Naked and the Dead," by Norman Mailer and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," by Ernest Hemingway is presented. It explores how both 20th century American writers used nostalgia as a literary technique in their books. In both books, nostalgia was used to help readers contextualize or understand the narratives