Pynchon and History: Metahistorical Rhetoric and Postmodern Narrative Form in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon [NOOK Book]

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While many previous books on Pynchon allude to his fictional engagement with historical events and figures, this book explores Pynchon as a historical novelist and, by extension, historical thinker. The book interprets Pynchon's four major novels V., Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, and Mason & Dixon through the prism of historical interpretation and representation. In doing so, it argues that Pynchon's innovative narrative techniques express his philosophy of history and historical representation through the ...

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Pynchon and History: Metahistorical Rhetoric and Postmodern Narrative Form in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon

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Overview

While many previous books on Pynchon allude to his fictional engagement with historical events and figures, this book explores Pynchon as a historical novelist and, by extension, historical thinker. The book interprets Pynchon's four major novels V., Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, and Mason & Dixon through the prism of historical interpretation and representation. In doing so, it argues that Pynchon's innovative narrative techniques express his philosophy of history and historical representation through the form of his texts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135492717
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/6/2005
  • Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 536 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction : Pynchon and history : an overview 1
Ch. 1 "Truth or falsity don't apply" : V. and the historiographic method 19
Ch. 2 Gravity's rainbow : wrecking the "elegant rooms of history" 59
Ch. 3 Simulated history : Vineland and postmodern America 97
Ch. 4 "Westward the course of empire" : Mason & Dixon and the rewriting of the American romance 139
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