Against the grain : reading Pynchon's counternarratives by Sascha Pohlmann

By Sascha Pohlmann

Against the Grain: studying Pynchon's Counternarratives is the 1st ebook that seriously addresses Thomas Pynchon's novel Against the Day, released in 2006. the 19 essays amassed during this quantity hire a wide number of ways to this huge novel and in addition take it as a chance to reevaluate Pynchon's previous works, interpreting Against the Day in terms of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, and Pynchon's brief tales and essays. The authors-younger in addition to verified students from 11 countries-address those works in regards to problems with modernism and postmodernism, politics, pop culture, options of house and time, visuality, sexuality, id, media and communique, philosophy, faith, American and international (literary) heritage, physics, arithmetic, economics, and plenty of extra. Their insights are as profound as they're various, and all supply clean perspectives on Pynchon's fiction that might be helpful, attention-grabbing and wonderful for researchers and enthusiasts alike

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V. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1961. —. Vineland. , 1990. Smith, Anthony D. ” Eley and Suny 106-30. Setting Sail Against the Day: The Narrative World of Thomas Pynchon1 Heinz Ickstadt Abstract: The essay discussses the dominant themes, figures, semantic oppositions as well as the overall structural design of Pynchon's Against the Day comparing them with those of his earlier work. It attempts to thus bring out the continuities in Pynchon's narrative world but also the peculiarities of this particular novel which, despite its playfulness, evokes, with post-revolutionary melancholy, an American and European past whose future is no longer open.

Science fiction and other forms of popular writing, despite their commercial origins, become a kind of literary parallel to the concept of the Zone in Gravity’s Rainbow, a defeated territory where inhabitants and visitors alike get to run relatively free. While Pynchon’s work has always exhibited an interest in motifs from popular culture, never before has one of his works been so obviously and continuously pulp-ish. It is precisely this aspect of Against the Day at which negative reviewers have bristled; yet at the same time, the novel forestalls such reproof.

Gravity’s Rainbow. New York: Viking Press, 1973. —. ” The Guardian 3 May 2003. ” This essay proposes that another key crossroads in the book is a literary one, between populist and “high” literary forms. Specifically, I look at the novel’s references to two writers occupying very different spaces at the fin de siècle: H. G. Wells and Henry James. James is commonly read as a progenitor of the twentieth-century avant-garde; Wells, by contrast, is regarded as a populist writer whose importance is qualified as being that of an early practitioner of science fiction.

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