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

By Sascha Pohlmann

Against the Grain: interpreting Pynchon's Counternarratives is the 1st e-book that severely addresses Thomas Pynchon's novel Against the Day, released in 2006. the 19 essays accumulated 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 past works, interpreting Against the Day with regards to 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 confirmed students from 11 countries-address those works with reference to problems with modernism and postmodernism, politics, pop culture, innovations of area and time, visuality, sexuality, id, media and verbal exchange, philosophy, faith, American and international (literary) heritage, physics, arithmetic, economics, and lots of extra. Their insights are as profound as they're assorted, and all offer clean perspectives on Pynchon's fiction that would be beneficial, interesting and interesting for researchers and lovers alike

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No wonder that many characters in Against the Day see mathematics for a time as “a reflection of some less-accessible reality, through close study of which one might perhaps learn to pass beyond the difficult given world” (AtD 749). For a long time, Yashmeen considered math as a way to satisfy “her old need for some kind of transcendence—the The Complex Text 29 fourth dimension, the Riemann problem, complex analysis, all had presented themselves as routes of escape from a world whose terms she could not accept” (AtD 942).

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Pynchon: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Edward Mendelson. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1978. 178-91. Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day. New York: The Penguin Press, 2006. —. 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.

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