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Thomas Pynchon in Context

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John M. Krafft, Inger H. Dalsgaard, Albert Rolls, Katie Muth, Christopher Leise, Scott McClintock, John Miller, J. Paul Narkunas, Michael Harris, Sascha Pöhlmann, Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds, Paolo Simonetti, Steven Weisenburger, Celia Wallhead, David Cowart, Mark W. Rohland, Ali Chetwynd, Georgios Maragos, Doug Haynes, Eric Sandberg, Justin St Clair, John Dugdale, Joanna Freer, Umberto Rossi, Christopher K. Coffman, Jeffrey Severs, Dale Carter, Samuel Chase Coale, James Gourley, Gilles Chamerois, Nina Engelhardt, Simon de Bourcier, Martin Paul Eve, Richard Moss, Tiina Käkelä, Luc Herman, Zofia Kolbuszewska, Brian McHale, Deborah L. Madsen, Kathryn Hume, Tore Rye Andersen, Joseph Tabbi, Michel Ryckx, Tim Ware, David Kipen, Douglas Keesey, Hanjo Berressem
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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108497022

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  • Thomas Pynchon in Context guides students, scholars and other readers through the global scope and prolific imagination of Pynchon's challenging, canonical work, providing the most up-to-date and authoritative scholarly analyses of his writing. This book is divided into three parts. The first, 'Times and Places', sets out the history and geographical contexts both for the setting of Pynchon's novels and his own life. The second, 'Culture, Politics and Society', examines twenty important and recurring themes which most clearly define Pynchon's writing - ranging from ideas in philosophy and the sciences to humor and pop culture. The final part, 'Approaches and Readings', outlines and assesses ways to read and understand Pynchon. Consisting of Forty-four essays written by some of the world's leading scholars, this volume outlines the most important contexts for understanding Pynchon's writing and helps readers interpret and reference his literary work.

    • Organized to help readers target their reading thematically
    • Essays provide a wide array of possible perspectives on Thomas Pynchon's work
    • Contains a chronology and biographical essay that provide two different entryways to Pynchon's life and career: timeline and bullet points for quick comprehension and narrative description with more details and explanations
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    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108497022
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology John M. Krafft
    Introduction Inger H. Dalsgaard
    Part I. Times and Places:
    1. Biography John M. Krafft
    2. Letters, manuscripts and juvenilia Albert Rolls
    3. Nonfiction Katie Muth
    4. East Coast Christopher Leise
    5. West Coast Scott McClintock and John Miller
    6. Europe and Asia J. Paul Narkunas
    7. Africa and Latin America Michael Harris
    8. Geographies and mapping Sascha Pöhlmann
    9. Eighteenth century Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds
    10. Nineteenth century Paolo Simonetti
    11. Twentieth century Steven Weisenburger
    12. Twenty-first century Celia Wallhead
    13. History and metahistory David Cowart
    Part II. Culture, Politics and Society:
    14. Family Mark W. Rohland
    15. Sex and gender Ali Chetwynd and Georgios Maragos
    16. Humor Doug Haynes
    17. Pop culture Eric Sandberg
    18. Music and sound Justin St Clair
    19. Film and TV John Dugdale
    20. Real estate and the Internet Inger H. Dalsgaard
    21. Politics and counterculture Joanna Freer
    22. Drugs and hippies Umberto Rossi
    23. Ecology and the environment Christopher K. Coffman
    24. Capitalism and class Jeffrey Severs
    25. War and power Dale Carter
    26. Conspiracy and paranoia Samuel Chase Coale
    27. Terror and anarchy James Gourley
    28. Science Gilles Chamerois
    29. Mathematics Nina Engelhardt
    30. Time and relativity Simon de Bourcier
    31. Philosophy Martin Paul Eve
    32. Religion and spirituality Richard Moss
    33. Death and afterlife Tiina Käkelä
    Part III. Approaches and Readings:
    34. Narratology Luc Herman
    35. Genre Zofia Kolbuszewska
    36. Postmodernism Brian McHale
    37. Ambiguity Deborah L. Madsen
    38. Realities Kathryn Hume
    39. Material readings Tore Rye Andersen
    40. Digital readings Joseph Tabbi
    41. Internet resources Michel Ryckx and Tim Ware
    42. Fans David Kipen
    43. Book reviews and reception Douglas Keesey
    44. Critical literature review Hanjo Berressem.

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    Inger H. Dalsgaard, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
    Inger H. Dalsgaard is Associate Professor in American Studies at the Department of English, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark. She is the author of numerous essays and articles on Thomas Pynchon and the co-editor, with Luc Herman and Brian McHale, of The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon (Cambridge, 2012).

    Contributors

    John M. Krafft, Inger H. Dalsgaard, Albert Rolls, Katie Muth, Christopher Leise, Scott McClintock, John Miller, J. Paul Narkunas, Michael Harris, Sascha Pöhlmann, Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds, Paolo Simonetti, Steven Weisenburger, Celia Wallhead, David Cowart, Mark W. Rohland, Ali Chetwynd, Georgios Maragos, Doug Haynes, Eric Sandberg, Justin St Clair, John Dugdale, Joanna Freer, Umberto Rossi, Christopher K. Coffman, Jeffrey Severs, Dale Carter, Samuel Chase Coale, James Gourley, Gilles Chamerois, Nina Engelhardt, Simon de Bourcier, Martin Paul Eve, Richard Moss, Tiina Käkelä, Luc Herman, Zofia Kolbuszewska, Brian McHale, Deborah L. Madsen, Kathryn Hume, Tore Rye Andersen, Joseph Tabbi, Michel Ryckx, Tim Ware, David Kipen, Douglas Keesey, Hanjo Berressem

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