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Thomas Pynchon

Author: Simon Malpas; Andrew Taylor
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2015.
Series: Contemporary American and Canadian Writers
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Now available in paperback, this is a comprehensive study of the most influential figure in postwar American literature. Over a writing career spanning more than fifty years, Thomas Pynchon has been at the forefront of America's engagement with postmodern literary possibilities. In chapters that address the full range of Pynchon's career, from his earliest short stories and first novel, V., to his most recent work,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Thomas Pynchon; Thomas Pynchon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Malpas; Andrew Taylor
ISBN: 9780719099342 071909934X
OCLC Number: 921185538
Description: vii, 244 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: 'the fork in the road' --
Refuge and refuse in Slow Learner --
Convoluted reading: identity, interpretation and reference in The Crying of Lot 49 --
Disappearing points: V. --
'A progressive knotting into': power, presentation and history in Gravity's Rainbow --
Cultural nostalgia and political possibility in Vineland --
Mason & Dixon and the transnational vortices of historical fiction --
'I believe in incursion from elsewhere': political and aesthetic disruption in Against the Day --
Conclusion: Inherent Vice as Pynchon Lite?
Series Title: Contemporary American and Canadian Writers
Responsibility: Simon Malpas and Andrew Taylor.

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Malpas and Taylor are indeed stimulating. Their study provides a clear, lucid discussion of several key themes in Pynchon's novels, chief amongst which are paranoia, the emancipatory power of fantasy Read more...

 
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