My thesis is on Don DeLillo’s plays, using his novels, interviews and personal notes as a backdrop for an original analysis of his theatrical works. In particular I'm exploring his movements between genres and common themes running across his oeuvre, with the intention to begin critical scholarship on his playtexts.
The critical acclaim both from literary circles and his devoted readers places DeLillo among the leaders of contemporary American fiction. Despite this fame for his novels, his playtexts have been left scattered along the margins of scholarly critique. My aim is to instigate a literary investigation into this author’s overlooked experimentation on the stage. Until now, there would appear to have been no such criticism of his plays, nor has a significant comparison ever been drawn between his theatre and his fiction.