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My PhD thesis investigates the apocalyptic Anthropocene in the novels of Don DeLillo. It is an extension of the assertion regarding the engagement of DeLillo's novels with the burgeoning Anthropocene discourse. The Anthropocene is also called the Thanatocene, in relation to its revelation of an imperceptible death permeating this epoch. This thesis seeks to flesh out how this layer of death exposed by DeLillo designates an apocalyptic epoch of “Great Acceleration” toward extinction, and how DeLillo provides a way for humans concerning how to best survive in the Anthropocene shrouded with existential crises. In doing so, White Noise (1985), Underworld (1997), Falling Man (2007) and Zero K (2016) will be centered upon. These works render visible the intangible but ubiquitous presence of death, as evidenced by sign consumption and waste pollution, ecological conspiracy, environmental racism, alienated human relationship, and reification of humans amid technological simulacra, etc.

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