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The Resource Thomas Pynchon & the dark passages of history, David Cowart

Thomas Pynchon & the dark passages of history, David Cowart

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Thomas Pynchon & the dark passages of history
Title
Thomas Pynchon & the dark passages of history
Statement of responsibility
David Cowart
Title variation
Thomas Pynchon and the dark passages of history
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Thomas Pynchon helped pioneer the postmodern aesthetic. His formidable body of work challenges readers to think and perceive in ways that anticipate - with humor, insight, and cogency - much that has emerged in the field of literary theory over the past few decades. For David Cowart, Pynchon's most profound teachings are about history - history as myth, as rhetorical construct, as false consciousness, as prologue, as mirror, and as seedbed of national and literary identities. In one encyclopedic novel after another, Pynchon has reconceptualized historical periods that he sees as culturally definitive. Examining Pynchon's entire body of work, Cowart offers an engaging, metahistorical reading of V.; an exhaustive analysis of the influence of German culture in Pynchon's early work, with particular emphasis on Gravity's Rainbow; and a critical spectroscopy of those dark stars, Mason & Dixon and Against the Day. He defends the California fictions The Crying of Lot 49, Vineland, and Inherent Vice as roman fleuve chronicling the decade in which the American tapestry began to unravel. Cowart ends his study by considering Pynchon's place in literary history. Cowart argues that Pynchon has always understood the facticity of historical narrative and the historicity of storytelling - not to mention the relations of both story and history to myth. Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History offers a deft analysis of the problems of history as engaged by our greatest living novelist and argues for the continuity of Pynchon's historical vision."--Project Muse
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cowart, David
Dewey number
813/.54
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3566.Y55
LC item number
Z59 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pynchon, Thomas
  • Pynchon, Thomas
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • English
  • Languages & Literatures
  • American Literature
Label
Thomas Pynchon & the dark passages of history, David Cowart
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Calibrating Clio -- Prospero's apprenticeship: slow learner -- History and myth: Pynchon's V -- Streben nach dem unendlichen: Germany and German culture in Pynchon's early work -- Pynchon and the sixties: the California novels -- The luddite vision: Mason & Dixon -- Pynchon, genealogy, history: Against the day -- The historiographer historicized: Pynchon and literary history
Control code
775075464
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 250 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780820337098
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9786613432025
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 343202
  • 22573/ctt3q3nkw
  • 5f4c8407-09e9-49a5-894d-6be49578138c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)775075464
Label
Thomas Pynchon & the dark passages of history, David Cowart
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Calibrating Clio -- Prospero's apprenticeship: slow learner -- History and myth: Pynchon's V -- Streben nach dem unendlichen: Germany and German culture in Pynchon's early work -- Pynchon and the sixties: the California novels -- The luddite vision: Mason & Dixon -- Pynchon, genealogy, history: Against the day -- The historiographer historicized: Pynchon and literary history
Control code
775075464
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 250 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780820337098
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9786613432025
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 343202
  • 22573/ctt3q3nkw
  • 5f4c8407-09e9-49a5-894d-6be49578138c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)775075464

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