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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


Specters of Conquest: Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures

Adam Lifshey

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823232383
eISBN:
9780823241187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823232383.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

This book posits America as not a particular country or continent but a foundational narrative, in which conquerors arrive at a shore intent on overwriting local versions of humanity, culture, and ... More


/Subjunctive America: Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon and Gabriel García Márquez's Love in the Time of Cholera

Adam Lifshey

in Specters of Conquest: Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823232383
eISBN:
9780823241187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823232383.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

Mason is an astronomer, Dixon a surveyor, and their paired scientific skills allow them to score with mathematical precision an eerily straight border that begins south of Philadelphia and scrolls ... 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


Conclusion: American Literature’s Terra Incognita

Paul Giles

in Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. Literature

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199301560
eISBN:
9780199369218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301560.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

The book concludes by considering why Australasia has been such a neglected field in discussions of American literature. It tracks the history of this field back to one of the first American ... 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


The Garden in the Machine:: Biomimetic Hybrids and the Tragedy of Singular Use

Raymond Malewitz

in The Practice of Misuse: Rugged Consumerism in Contemporary American Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791960
eISBN:
9780804792998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791960.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter positions Thomas Pynchon's encyclopedic novel Gravity's Rainbow alongside recent models of human-object interactions such as biomimetics, actor-network theory, and new vitalism. ... More


An Automorphic Reading of Thomas Pynchon’s <i>Against the Day</i> (Interrupted by Elliptical Reflections on <i>Mason &amp; Dixon</i>)

Michael Harris

in Mathematics without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175836
eISBN:
9781400885527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175836.003.0007
Subject:
Mathematics, Logic / Computer Science / Mathematical Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day. The prominence of mathematics in this book is exceptional even for Pynchon. Two of the main characters are at least part-time mathematicians; ... More


Matrices and Metaverses

Jesse Schotter

in Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424776
eISBN:
9781474445009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The final chapter examines post-War American fiction and the imaginative connection forged, in theory and in fiction, between hieroglyphs and code, computers, and electronic writing. It contends that ... More


Postmodern Communities in Pynchon and Cervantes

J. Hillis Miller

in Communities in Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823263103
eISBN:
9780823266579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263103.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

A careful analysis of an early story by Thomas Pynchon, “The Secret Integration,” shows that it exemplifies all the major features of post-modern narrative, as identified by Fredric Jameson and ... More


The Thunder of Apollo: A Benevolent Endeavor in a Century of Brutality

Matthew D. Tribbe

in No Requiem for the Space Age: The Apollo Moon Landings and American Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199313525
eISBN:
9780199385515
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313525.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The power and advanced technology that America displayed with Apollo was worrying to a number of prominent intellectuals and writers. How would it use this new power? Would it, like previous ... More


Vital Objects: Materiality and Biopolitics in Thomas Pynchon’s V.

Christopher Breu

in Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816688913
eISBN:
9781452949178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816688913.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a reading of Thomas Pynchon’s novel V.. It examines how it presents the history of late capitalism by tracing the emergence of biopolitical forms of control in the first-world ... More


Conclusion: Perpetual Interwar

Paul K. Saint-Amour

in Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780190200947
eISBN:
9780190200978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190200947.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

“Perpetual Interwar” reads Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow as a novelistic antecedent to this book. Adapting the formal strategies of Ulysses and its genre-mates to the frames of colonial genocide, ... More


Erectile Destruction: Samuel R. Delany and Thomas Pynchon1972

George Cotkin

in Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780190218478
eISBN:
9780190218508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0023
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

This chapter looks at novels marked by various types of excess. In Pynchon’s great work Gravity’s Rainbow, the reader is assaulted with erudition, puns, and possibilities. At the same time, the ... More


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