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No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Steven Belletto

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199826889
eISBN:
9780199932382
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book argues that chance became a complex yet conflicted cultural signifier during the Cold War, when a range of thinkers—politicians, novelists, historians, biologists, sociologists, and ... More


Aesthetic Responses to Political Fictions: Pynchon and the Violence of Narrative Chance

Steven Belletto

in No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199826889
eISBN:
9780199932382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

After a brief comparison of Ian Hacking’s intellectual history The Taming of Chance to William Gaddis’s novel The Recognitions (1955), chapter two analyzes Thomas Pynchon’s first novel, V. (1963), ... More


Philip Roth

David Brauner

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This is a study of the contemporary American novelist, Philip Roth. Reading alongside a number of his contemporaries and focusing particularly on his later fiction, it offers a view of Roth as an ... More


Flirters, Deserters, Wimps and Pimps: Pynchon’s Two Americas

Erik Dussere

in America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199969913
eISBN:
9780199369027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969913.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Thomas Pynchon’s trilogy of California novels, The Crying of Lot 49, Inherent Vice, and Vineland. Pynchon’s novels create a model in which there are “two Americas,” the ... More


The ‘credible incredible and the incredible credible’: generic experimentation in My Life as a Man, The Counterlife, The Facts, Deception and Operation Shylock

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Philip Roth has been both lauded and criticised for what John McDaniel (in the first monograph on Roth, published in 1974) calls his ‘commitment to social realism’. According to McDaniel, Roth's ... More


“Illogical Negativism”: Thomas Pynchon, the Critique of Modernism, and the Erasure of Logical Positivism

Michael LeMahieu

in Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199890408
eISBN:
9780199369652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890408.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The typescript drafts of Thomas Pynchon’s first novel V. demonstrate the depth and extent to which Pynchon struggled to come to terms with the influence of logical positivism. Although Pynchon would ... More


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