The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon by Inger H. DalsgaardThe Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon by Inger H. Dalsgaard

The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon

EditorInger H. Dalsgaard, Luc Herman, Brian McHale

Paperback | January 16, 2012

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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.
Title:The Cambridge Companion to Thomas PynchonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:209 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521173043

ISBN - 13:9780521173049

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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.