"DeLillo's Dedalian Artists." The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo.
(1) Mark Osteen in his essay "DeLillo's Dedalian artists" shows how even the artist figures in DeLillo's Mao II, Great Jones Street, and The Body Artist cannot follow the Joycean pattern of "Silence, exile, cunning" (137) that DeLillo himself follows to protect his art from the intrusions of the outside.
This is the right Dedalian
flight; and thus we may take from each bird a feather, and make us wings, and fly to Christ.
Ensuing tank battle, air raids and massacre prefigure the 'Endless War' sequence in Things to Come (1936), before 'wiping' back to Paul's decisive 'No' to this Dedalian
nightmare of history repeating itself (pp.
The Stephen of The Portrait (probably named after the Dedalian
St6phane Mallarm6) understands Aquinas via Mallarm6, whereas Joyce the artist, while led to Aquinas by Mallarm6 and the symbolists, finally was able to complete the work of the symbolists because he discovered how to perfect their insights by means of Aquinas.
It is tempting to say that Powers has made a Dedalian
withdrawal "like the God of the creation," "within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails."(7) The text of the novel has been assigned to its characters.
(This passage, incidentally, is impossible to interpret chronologically, since Stephen responds to visual stimuli that can only be deduced belatedly; my explication of the passage will appear as appropriately roundabout.) Just before the hunt, his father  enters "on ponderous buzzard wings" (557), and Stephen notices that his own hands have changed into a vulture's talons (in a parody of the Dedalian
symbolism of their family name).