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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 545–554.
Published: 01 December 2014
...David J. Letzler Gravity’s Rainbow , Domination, and Freedom , by Herman Luc and Weisenburger Steven , University of Georgia Press . 224 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2014 Review Thomas Pynchon, High Theory, and the Legacy of the Long Sixties Gravity’s Rainbow...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Michael O’Bryan Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland (1990) met with a lukewarm critical reception. Critics fond of the novelist’s postmodern theatrics rejected its political didacticism, whereas politically didactic critical opponents of postmodernism rejected its lingering individualism and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 145–169.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Jeffrey Severs Drawing on archival sources, I argue that the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair (also known as Century 21) was an important source for Thomas Pynchon’s surreal depictions of the Raketen-Stadt in Gravity’s Rainbow . Accounts of the influence of Seattle on Pynchon have been limited to his work...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Marie Franco Offering a queer reading of Gravity’s Rainbow , this project reevaluates the sexual politics and narrative poetics at work in Thomas Pynchon’s paradigmatic postmodernist novel. Moving beyond a thematic reading of sexuality, the article articulates the unacknowledged theoretical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (4): 337–367.
Published: 01 December 2004
... as more than just a topical thematics that reacts to the political conditions of Orwell’s time; I argue that the novel also responds to the condition of the literature of his time. By looking at 1984 and then, briefly,Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 as counterpoint, I pose Orwell’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (3): 264–291.
Published: 01 September 2002
... to calculate, this Advent, as the Distance to a Star. — Rev. Wicks Cherrycoke (Mason & Dixon 6) T h e story goes that Thomas Pynchon was heavily involved in the graphic design o f his 1997 novel Mason & Dixon, inside and out. In par­ ticular, he is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 128–136.
Published: 01 March 2014
... pursue the separation of fact and value as philosophically “modern” and thus apply “postmodern” to works that foreground the project of morally and aesthetically reconciling the two terms. LeMahieu frames his four central authors—O’Connor, John Barth, Saul Bellow, and Thomas Pynchon, usually read...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 540–545.
Published: 01 September 2012
... some of the usual postmodern suspects—John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, Robert Coover, Tim O’Brien, Don DeLillo, Richard Powers—Grausam makes the case that the “radical experimentation of American postmodern fic- tion is an effect of, and increasingly, an attempt to understand, life lived under the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 248–272.
Published: 01 September 2007
... o f Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, freeways, suburbs, shopping malls: these have become touchstones for some o f the most influential reflections on the subject o f American— and often global— postm odernism .1 Thomas Pynchon w rote of the alienating, dystopian elements of postm...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (3): 416–422.
Published: 01 September 2009
... distinct parts, the first engaging three prominent postmodern writers and their legacies, and the second connecting the urge to triumphalist history to narratives of trauma. The first part, which occupies the first three chapters of the book, examines Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon, Philip...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 328–340.
Published: 01 December 2011
... important literary threshold of the year, however, was the one crossed by Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, by many accounts the text that marks the frontier between modernism and postmodernism. Peak Pynchon, of course, is closely identified with postmodernism; he is gen- erally regarded, I...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 233–247.
Published: 01 September 2007
... as a postm odern manifesto— more to say about Jorge Luis Borges than any o f B arth’s contemporaries. Perhaps most tellingly, Thomas Pynchon gets only three entries in Klein’s index, compared to Bellow’s 28. Similarly, Tony Tanner’s classic 1971 study o f contemporary American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 424–432.
Published: 01 September 2015
... do so, Breu turns to a corpus of twentieth-century literature that he describes as “the late-capitalist literature of materiality”—William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch (1959), Thomas Pynchon’s V . (1963), J. G. Ballard’s Crash (1973), Dodie Bellamy’s The Letters of Mina Harker (1998), and Leslie...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 98–104.
Published: 01 March 2005
... read works of the 1990s—Morrison, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Tim O ’Brien, and many others—were very much concerned with the finding and construction of meaning. I would argue that these writers and many others responded to the triumphalist reception of the end of the Cold...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (2): 377–384.
Published: 01 June 2013
... the control of science or religion. Belletto argues that Thomas Pynchon’s V. (1963) “stages the structural similarities between designing chance in fiction and the denial of chance by those modern political systems” (37) that create statewide fictional narratives. To illustrate this point...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 341–353.
Published: 01 December 2011
... character—the dispersal and dis- appearance of Thomas Pynchon’s nominal protagonist Tyrone Slothrop in Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), for instance—as paralleling the putative de- personalization of organization men. The postmodern incorporation of genre elements, I further suggest, construes genre as a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 128–137.
Published: 01 March 2015
... itself from it by treating it as a joke. As with much of the fiction Bachner examines, Pale Fire testifies to the existence of violence at the same time as it argues for (by performing) the near impossibility of representing it. In Bachner’s reading, Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 618–623.
Published: 01 December 2009
... Island of Dr. Moreau, Stanislaw Lem’s The Cyberiad, Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, and many others, Clarke argues that neocybernetics makes no untenable severance of information from matter, content from form, but rather fundamentally depends on the feedback of the medium of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 122–129.
Published: 01 March 2010
... head- scratching structural parallel. Many readers will also sense that The Program Era occasionally trims the full picture to fit its thesis. For example, the towering technomodern- ist and famous recluse Thomas Pynchon has never been affiliated with a writing program on any level. Nabokov...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 391–422.
Published: 01 December 2011
... which takes a determinedly revisionist and historicist perspective on many of the ca- nonical postmodernist texts to which she alludes. Novels such as Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) and Don DeLillo’s White Noise (1985), now monuments in the American postmodern landscape, have...