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Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History.

Author: David Cowart
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2012.
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"Thomas Pynchon helped pioneer the postmodern aesthetic. His formidable body of work challenges readers to think and perceive in ways that anticipate - with humor, insight, and cogency - much that has emerged in the field of literary theory over the past few decades. For David Cowart, Pynchon's most profound teachings are about history - history as myth, as rhetorical construct, as false consciousness, as prologue,  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Cowart, David.
Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History.
Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2012
Named Person: Thomas Pynchon; Thomas Pynchon
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Cowart
ISBN: 9780820337098 0820337099
OCLC Number: 1059003979
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (273 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction: Calibrating Clio; ONE. Prospero's Apprenticeship: Slow Learner; TWO. History and Myth: Pynchon's V.; THREE. Streben nach dem Unendlichen: Germany and German Culture in Pynchon's Early Work ; FOUR. Pynchon and the Sixties: The California Novels; FIVE. The Luddite Vision: Mason & Dixon; SIX. Pynchon, Genealogy, History: Against the Day; SEVEN. The Historiographer Historicized: Pynchon and Literary History; Notes; Books, Pamphlets, and Special Periodical Issues on Thomas Pynchon; Works Cited; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I. JK; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z.

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"Thomas Pynchon helped pioneer the postmodern aesthetic. His formidable body of work challenges readers to think and perceive in ways that anticipate - with humor, insight, and cogency - much that has emerged in the field of literary theory over the past few decades. For David Cowart, Pynchon's most profound teachings are about history - history as myth, as rhetorical construct, as false consciousness, as prologue, as mirror, and as seedbed of national and literary identities. In one encyclopedic novel after another, Pynchon has reconceptualized historical periods that he sees as culturally definitive. Examining Pynchon's entire body of work, Cowart offers an engaging, metahistorical reading of V.; an exhaustive analysis of the influence of German culture in Pynchon's early work, with particular emphasis on Gravity's Rainbow; and a critical spectroscopy of those dark stars, Mason & Dixon and Against the Day. He defends the California fictions The Crying of Lot 49, Vineland, and Inherent Vice as roman fleuve chronicling the decade in which the American tapestry began to unravel. Cowart ends his study by considering Pynchon's place in literary history. Cowart argues that Pynchon has always understood the facticity of historical narrative and the historicity of storytelling - not to mention the relations of both story and history to myth. Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History offers a deft analysis of the problems of history as engaged by our greatest living novelist and argues for the continuity of Pynchon's historical vision."--Project Muse.

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