So I just got my copy of the American Literary Scholarship 2002 in the mail, and for the first time ever, I’m mentioned in it.
In Jerome Klinkowitz’s review article covering recent work on fiction from the 1960s to the present is a paragraph on DeLillo criticism, which includes the following passage:
A more recent DeLillo novel gets comprehensive treatment in the essays commissioned by editors Joseph Dewey et al for their UnderWords: Perspectives on Don DeLillo’s Underworld (Delaware). Much like Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon, Underworld seems written with complex critical responses in mind, and one of the best is “The Unmaking of History: Baseball, Cold War, and Underworld” (pp. 144-60) contributed by Katherine Fitzpatrick. She proposes that for DeLillo history is a weave of narratives, following historian J.H. Heller’s sense of historiographic narratology, centering on “the cultural value of this moment” as opposed to any collection of facts.
Okay, so yay, me. But… Katherine?
I suppose I should feel better that the blurb gets J. H. Hexter‘s name wrong, too. He’s way more famous than me, even if he is dead.