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Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon

ISBN-10: 0521173043
ISBN-13: 9780521173049
Edition: 2011
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

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.

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

Notes on contributors
Chronology of Pynchon's life and works
Introduction
Biographical note
Canon
Early Pynchon
The Crying of hot 49 and other California novels
Gravity's Rainbow
Mason & Dixon
Against the Day
Poetics
Pynchon in literary history
Pynchon's postmodernism
Pynchon's intertexts
Issues
History
Politics
Alterity
Science and technology
Coda: How to read Pynchon
Selected bibliography
Index

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