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Principles of Thomas Pynchon's literary realities


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Thomas Pynchon's literature is unique in subject and style. Postmodern by definition, Pynchon illustrates physics as a societal metaphor; Guy Debord's text The Society of the Spectacle suggests that these societal, literary, metaphors constitute and/or lead to a Spectacle. Through the analysis of an unpublished text: Minstrel Island, an early written short story: “Entropy,” and a short novel: The Crying of Lot 49 the reader is capable of seeing a developing theme of physics as metaphor constituting multiple Spectacles. The narrative devices offered by Thomas Pynchon become Spectacular in nature and reflect the characteristics and environment of the tumultuous 1960s American culture. Although, Pynchon does not make any comment about the 60s counter-culture which surrounded him, elements of that time are evident and, within socio-historical contexts, influence the subject matter of the text. The thread which runs through all three texts uniquely defines Pynchon's literature as Postmodern with the parameters of natural law—using Entropy, the heteroglossic narratives become Spectacle. This thread also explores the possibility of “The Condition of the More Probable” and a Postmodern heat-death. For the characters of Pynchon's texts, as well for the reader, those who experience a metaphorical heat-death, those characters and individuals, then, experience a literary Postmodern condition.

Indexing (details)


Subject
American literature
Classification
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Pynchon, Thomas
Title
Principles of Thomas Pynchon's literary realities
Author
Walker, Ira A.
Number of pages
88
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0459
Source
MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267102324
Advisor
Cappell, Ezra
Committee member
Chacon, Daniel; Mansfield-Kelley, Deane
University/institution
The University of Texas at El Paso
Department
Eng. & Amer. Lit
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1503805
ProQuest document ID
916751897
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/916751897
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