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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


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


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


Total War and Historical Time

Roy Scranton

in Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226637280
eISBN:
9780226637457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226637457.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter considers what total mobilization during World War II meant for American culture at large, beginning with a reading of Joan Didion’s first novel, Run River, which depicts the ... 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


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