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Where do we see DeLillo poke fun at American education in White Noise?

In White Noise, Don DeLillo pokes fun at American education by introducing characters who teach lectures with increasingly niche subject matters.

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Throughout Don Delillo's White Noise, the author satirizes contemporary American culture and its many aspects, including consumerism, chemical dependency, television obsession, and the increasingly niche subject matters taught in universities. The narrator Jack Gladney is the head of the department of Hitler Studies and spends much of his time reading Hitler's Nazi manifesto Mein Kampf, wearing ominously dark sunglasses, and dressing in clothing that gives him the proper appearance for such an unpleasant course.

Early on in the novel, Gladney is told by his fellow teacher, Murray,

You’ve established a wonderful thing here with Hitler...He is...

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