Pynchon and the political [electronic resource] / by Samuel Thomas.
- New York : Routledge, 2007.
- Studies in major literary authors.
Studies in major literary authors
1 online resource (214 p.)
- Pynchon, Thomas -- Criticism and interpretation.
Pynchon, Thomas -- Political and social views.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
- Electronic books.
- Thomas Pynchon's writing has been widely regarded as an exemplary form of postmodern fiction. It is characterized as genre-defying and enigmatic, as a series of complex and esoteric language games. This study attempts to demonstrate, however, that an oblique yet compelling sense of the ""political"" Pynchon disappers all too easily under the mantle of postmodernity. Innovative and unsettling discussions of freedom, war, labor, poverty, community, democracy, and totalitarianism are passed over in favor of constrictive scientific metaphors and theoretical play. Against this current, this study a
- Book Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Abbreviations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Text-Politics-Criticism-Methodology; Chapter One Retro-Vertigo: Escaping the Enlightenment in Mason & Dixon; Chapter Two Blank Checks: Economy and Invisibility in Mason & Dixon; Chapter Three Theatre of Operations: Surgery, War and Questing in V. and Gravity's Rainbow; Chapter Four Memento-Mori: War-Life and War-Experience in Gravity's Rainbow and V.; Chapter Five (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? Resistance vs. Withdrawal in The Crying of Lot 49
Chapter Six Sir Yes Sir! Doing it to Yourself and Doing it for Yourself in VinelandConclusion: Pynchon-Politics-Everybody; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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