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The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon

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Inger H. Dalsgaard, Luc Herman, Brian McHale, John M. Krafft, Thomas Hill Schaub, Steven Weisenburger, Kathryn Hume, Bernard Duyfhuizen, David Cowart, David Seed, Amy J. Elias, Jeff Baker, Deborah Madsen, Hanjo Berressem
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  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521173049

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  • The most celebrated American novelist of the past half-century, an indispensable figure of postmodernism worldwide, Thomas Pynchon notoriously challenges his readers. This Companion provides tools for meeting that challenge. Comprehensive, accessible, lively, up-to-date and reliable, it approaches Pynchon's fiction from various angles, calling on the expertise of an international roster of scholars at the cutting edge of Pynchon studies. Part I covers Pynchon's fiction novel-by-novel from the 1960s to the present, including such indisputable classics as The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity's Rainbow. Part II zooms out to give a bird's-eye-view of Pynchon's novelistic practice across his entire career. Part III surveys major topics of Pynchon's fiction: history, politics, alterity ('otherness'), and science and technology. Designed for students, scholars and fans alike, the Companion begins with a biography of the elusive author and ends with a coda on how to read Pynchon and a bibliography for further reading.

    • Designed for use by students, teachers and fans alike
    • Offers a comprehensive view of Pynchon's career as a whole
    • Makes these popular texts more accessible through critical essays focused around specific texts and topics
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    "Anyone interested in classic postmodern theory and and how it still defines the way innovative US fiction is read should read this book.
    --Ali Chetwynd, University of Michigan

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521173049
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Inger H. Dalsgaard, Luc Herman and Brian McHale
    Biographical note John M. Krafft
    Part I. Canon:
    1. Early Pynchon Luc Herman
    2. The Crying of Lot 49 and other California novels Thomas Hill Schaub
    3. Gravity's Rainbow Steven Weisenburger
    4. Mason and Dixon Kathryn Hume
    5. Against the Day Bernard Duyfhuizen
    Part II. Poetics:
    6. Pynchon in literary history David Cowart
    7. Pynchon's postmodernism Brian McHale
    8. Pynchon's intertexts David Seed
    Part III. Issues:
    9. History Amy J. Elias
    10. Politics Jeff Baker
    11. Alterity Deborah Madsen
    12. Science and technology Inger H. Dalsgaard
    Coda: how to read Pynchon Hanjo Berressem.

  • Editors

    Inger H. Dalsgaard, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
    Dr Inger H. Dalsgaard is Associate Professor of American Studies, Department of English, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

    Luc Herman, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
    Luc Herman is Professor of American Literature and Narrative Theory at the University of Antwerp.

    Brian McHale, Ohio State University
    Brian McHale is Distinguished Arts and Humanities Professor of English at Ohio State University.


    Inger H. Dalsgaard, Luc Herman, Brian McHale, John M. Krafft, Thomas Hill Schaub, Steven Weisenburger, Kathryn Hume, Bernard Duyfhuizen, David Cowart, David Seed, Amy J. Elias, Jeff Baker, Deborah Madsen, Hanjo Berressem

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