Title

‘The Martiniad’: Nick Shay as Embedded Author within Don DeLillo’s Underworld

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction

ISSN

0011-1619

Volume

56

Issue

4

First Page

449

465

Publication Date

8-2015

Abstract

Nick Shay functions as embedded author and implied narrator within DeLillo's Underworld. Nick creates an origin myth (what I call “The Martiniad”) involving Cotter and Manx Martin to account for the missing first link of the Thomson homerun ball's provenance on October 3, 1951. This invention provides an imaginative forum to reenact, revise, and work through formative traumas and fantasies from Nick's past, principally unresolved tensions with his deadbeat dad.

Publication Information

Herren, Graley. “‘The Martiniad’: Nick Shay as Embedded Author within Don DeLillo’s Underworld.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 56.4 (2015): 449-65.