Human Identity in Hyper-Reality: The Hyperreal Self in Don Delillo’s Cosmopolis and The Silence
Keywords:hyperreality, personal identity, DeLillo, Cosmopolis, The Silence
In his novels, DeLillo frequently tackles the concept of hyperreality and its effect on human lives, as well as on fundamental concepts of human existence, such as the concept of personal identity. In Cosmopolis and The Silence, the interference of hyperreality propagated by technology and the media in human lives and the quotidian is regarded from different angles. This paper observes how the novels approach this unique interaction parallelly, seemingly offering the same conclusion – that technology and the mass media are the key factors in how people perceive both their environment and self, and in that, how they perceive reality and the world. These elements prove to be essential to the contemporary society of DeLillo’s novels.
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