Mobility and Literature, An Analysis of the Selected Works of Don DeLillo


  • Naghmeh Esmaeilpour Humboldt University in Berlin



Culture, Mobility, Narrative, transfictionality, Don DeLillo, The Names, Americana


This article seeks to envision a new outlook toward mobility by paying greater attention to how mobility is represented and positioned in Don DeLillo’s narrative works. Through close readings of The Names“ and Americana“, I argue that shifts in the narration—from the first-person to the third-person or from the omniscient narrative to interior monologue—correspond to mobilities of people, information, and culture. I conclude that DeLillo employs literature as a medium to indicate the interconnectivity of textual interactions (transfictionality) in relation to the mobilization of people, culture, and information.

Author Biography

Naghmeh Esmaeilpour, Humboldt University in Berlin

Naghmeh Esmaeilpour is an Iranian who studies as a Ph.D. student at Humboldt University in PhD-Net Program in Berlin since September 2015. She was graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature in 2006. Then she continued her study in Master level in English Language and Literature and graduated in 2011. Soon after her graduation by master’s degree, she has embarked on an academic career by teaching undergraduate students in different universities in Iran. She presented different papers in conferences which mostly held in Germany. She was a visiting scholar for one term at Harvard University as a part of the PhD-Net Program in 2016. She also got the scholarship to participate in IWL summer school (Harvard Institute of World Literature) in 2017. Since August 2017, she receives a scholarship from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Her researches areas deal with the emergence and effects of (global) media culture on people's life and literature and film as well as comparative literature.




How to Cite

Esmaeilpour, Naghmeh. “Mobility and Literature, An Analysis of the Selected Works of Don DeLillo”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 20, no. 1, June 2019, doi:10.5283/copas.310.