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The Gravity of Melancholia

Christopher Peterson

in Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190600181
eISBN:
9780190600211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600181.003.0018
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

This chapter gives a reading of von Trier’s Melancholia with Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Gravity as a physical force and melancholia as a psychological force are compared and contrasted throughout; in ... 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


Conclusion: World-Building and the Legacy of 1970s Special Effects in Contemporary Cinema

Julie A. Turnock

in Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163538
eISBN:
9780231535274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163538.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter discusses the legacy of the 1970s special effects. Special effects technology enabled filmmakers to provide alternate world possibilities, prompting moviegoers to think about ... More


Mathematics and Fiction: Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’S Rainbow

Nina Engelhardt

in Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474416238
eISBN:
9781474449656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416238.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 4 sets the engagement with modernist mathematics into broader context when examining the rise, fall and transformation of Enlightenment thinking and science in Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. ... More


The Body, Unbounded: Gravity

Scott C. Richmond

in Cinema's Bodily Illusions: Flying, Floating, and Hallucinating

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780816690961
eISBN:
9781452955193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816690961.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The fifth chapter uses Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity to offer an in-depth theoretical discussion of the term “proprioceptive aesthetics,” and offers a schematic discussion of the main aesthetic problems ... More


The Nineties

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.012
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Three decades after the publication of The Mersey Sound – a turning point in British poetry – the Mersey Poets remained visible on the literary scene. The beginning of the 1990s saw Brian Patten ... 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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