A Companion to The Crying of Lot 49

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A Companion to The Crying of Lot 49 by J. Kerry Grant Summary

Contains more than 500 notes keyed to the "2006 Harper Perennial Modern Classics", the "1986 Harper Perennial Library", and the 1967 Bantam editions. This edition adds quotations and paraphrases drawn from criticism published since 1994. It includes more than fifty annotations that have been added and eighty annotations that have been expanded.

The Crying of Lot 49

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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon Summary

The highly original satire about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some extremely interesting characters and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.

New Essays on The Crying of Lot 49

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New Essays on The Crying of Lot 49 by Patrick O'Donnell,Emory Elliot,O'Donnell Patrick Summary

The Crying of Lot 49 is widely recognized as a significant contemporary work that frames the desire for meaning and the quest for knowledge within the social and political contexts of the '50s and '60s in America. In the introduction to this collection of original essays on Thomas Pynchon's important novel, Patrick O'Donnell discusses the background and critical reception of the novel. Further essays by five experts on contemporary literature examine the novel's "semiotic regime" or the way in which it organizes signs; the comparison of postmodernist Pynchon and the influential South American writer, Jorge Luis Borges; metaphor in the novel; the novel's narrative strategies; and the novel within the cultural contexts of American Puritanism and the Beat movement. Together, these essays provide an examination of the novel within its literary, historical, and scientific contexts.

Vente à la criée du lot 49

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Vente à la criée du lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon Summary

En rentrant d'une soirée bien arrosée, Œdipa Maas, jeune femme de vingt-huit ans, reçoit un courrier d'un certain Metzger, avocat. La lettre lui apprend qu'elle est l'exécutrice testamentaire d'un ex-petit ami, Pierce Inverarity, magnat californien de l'immobilier. Afin d'honorer ses dernières volontés, Œdipa quitte sa ville pour San Narciso et s'installe dans un motel. Elle y fait la connaissance de Metzger qui l'épaulera dans ce qui devait être une simple formalité... Sauf que le legs est étrange : en plus d'usines et de biens immobiliers, son ex possédait une collection de plusieurs milliers de (faux) timbres. Et fortuitement, d'étranges coïncidences surviennent : dans le bar " Le Scope " qui semble être le seul lieu animé de San Narciso et qui est rempli d'ouvriers travaillant dans une usine de Pierce Inverarity, Œdipa et Metzger rencontrent un jeune spécialiste de l'histoire des Postes depuis le XVIe s., un postier qui fait sa tournée de courrier en nocturne, trouvent des messages secrets dans les toilettes du bar... À cela s'ajoutent la découverture d'un trafic d'os humains ainsi qu'une pièce de théâtre du XVIe traitant des Postes illégales. Tous ces signes sans connexion apparente seront le point de départ d'une enquête dans laquelle les personnages déjantés plongent dans le smog californien et dans un espace-temps.

Simulacrum within Pynchon’s "The Crying of Lot 49"

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Simulacrum within Pynchon’s "The Crying of Lot 49" by Dominika Oliver Summary

Literature Review from the year 2012 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: A-, University of Pittsburgh, language: English, abstract: The paper is a basic literature paper on the theme of Simulacrum withing the book The Crying of Lot 49. Simulacrum is the inferior reproduction of another object, such as Muzaq trying to represent classical music. Throughout this book, the main character finds herself in many situations where simulacrum occurs, such as the Beatle's rip-off band within the book.

A study guide for Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49"

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A study guide for Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" by Gale, Cengage Learning Summary

A study guide for Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students series. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Thomas Pynchon

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Thomas Pynchon by Harold Bloom Summary

Presents a collection of critical essays on the works of Thomas Pynchon.

Stratégies de la métaphore

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Stratégies de la métaphore by Pierre Gault (dir.) Summary

"Lorsqu'on lit, il faudrait remarquer et savourer les détails. Il n'y a rien à redire au clair de lune des idées générales lorsqu'il intervient après que l'on a recueilli avec amour tous les petits éclats de soleil du livre." Ainsi s'exprime Nabokov dans la définition des "Bons Lecteurs et Bons Ecrivains" qui introduit le recueil de ses cours de Littérature. La naïve métaphore astrale indique sans ambages que toute lecture est reconstruction de l'univers et qu'une attention vigoureuse et solaire au présent de l'écriture, en apprendra plus sur le monde qu'une reconsidération lunaire et raisonneuse.

Approaches to Teaching Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Other Works

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Approaches to Teaching Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Other Works by Thomas H. Schaub Summary

As teachers well know, the elements that make Thomas Pynchon exciting to read and study—the historical references, the multilayered prose, and the postmodern integration of high and low cultures and science and literature—often constitute hurdles to undergraduate and graduate readers alike. The essays gathered in this volume turn these classroom challenges into assets, showing instructors how to make the narratives' frustration of reader expectations not only intellectually rewarding but also part of the joy of reading The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Mason & Dixon, and other Pynchon works, short and long. Like all volumes in the Approaches to Teaching series, the collection opens with a survey of original and supplementary materials. The essays that follow offer an array of classroom techniques: among them, ways to contextualize the novels in their historical settings, from Puritan America through World War II and the volatile 1960s; to use the texts to explore racial and gender politics and legacies of colonialism; and to make Pynchon's elaborate prose style accessible to students. Teachers will also find sample syllabi for courses solely on Pynchon as well as suggestions for incorporating his work into graduate and undergraduate classrooms at a range of institutions.

Pynchon Notes

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Thomas Pynchon by Niran Bahjat Abbas Summary

This volume is a collection of essays by various academics looking at how identity is shaped, gendered, and contested throughout Pynchon's work. By exploring sociological, anthropological, literary, and political dimensions, the contributors revise important ideas in the debate over individualism using political and feminist theory and examine the different ways in which their writings embody, engage, and critique the official narratives generated by America's culture.

Beyond and Beneath the Mantle

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Beyond and Beneath the Mantle by Georgiana M. M. Colvile Summary

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V.

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V. by Thomas Pynchon Summary

Le héros de cette aventure littéraire se nomme Herbert Stencil, né en 1901 et membre d'un groupe d'artistes pseudo-bohèmes, la Tierce des Paumés. Il lui arrive de lire des passages du journal intime laissé par son père, mort en 1919 dans d'obscures circonstances alors qu'il enquêtait sur des soulèvements dans l'île de Malte. Mais c'est en 1945 seulement, à une terrasse de café à Oran, qu'il tombe sur quelques lignes énigmatiques : " Avril 1899, Florence. Il y a plus derrière V., et dans V. qu'aucun de nous n'a jamais soupçonné. Non pas qui, mais quoi – qu'est-ce qu'elle est ? " Il est aussitôt intrigué, et part dans une sorte de quête de " V. " qui l'emmène successivement à New York, en Allemagne, à Paris et dans d'autres contrées du monde plus ou moins connues. On pourrait croire, tour à tour, que V. est une jeune femme déflorée au Caire ; une femelle de rat, dénommée Véronique, qui tient ses quartiers dans les égouts de Manhattan ; une danseuse allemande pré-nazie dans le Sud-Ouest africain ; un pays mystérieux appelé Vheissu ; ou encore une lesbienne du boulevard de Clichy. Et si V n'était finalement rien moins que la clé expliquant le chaos mondial ? " Ce que sont pour le libertin les cuisses ouvertes, ce qu'est un vol d'oiseaux migrateurs pour l'ornithologue, ce qu'est la tenaille pour l'ajusteur, voilà ce qu'était pour le jeune Stencil la lettre V. "

Posthuman Suffering and the Technological Embrace

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Posthuman Suffering and the Technological Embrace by Anthony Miccoli Summary

Posthuman Suffering investigates the core assumptions of posthumanist discourse via philosophy, cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, and close textual and filmic readings of Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, Don DeLillo's White Noise and Steven Spielberg's film, AI: Artificial Intelligence, bringing the more ontological and epistemological implications of posthumanism to the forefront. In the age of technology our own limitations are legitimized as unique to the human condition.

La subasta del lote 49

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At a Loss: The Postmodern Quests in Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" and Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers"

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At a Loss: The Postmodern Quests in Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" and Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers" by Lars Dittmer Summary

Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Potsdam, course: HS: From Poe to Akunin: Highlights of the international Mystery Story in literature and film, language: English, abstract: This paper is building up on postmodern patterns of fragmentation, loneliness and disorientation. The Quest is a central storytelling technique - in times where traditional ways of living and social constellations fade and the grand narratives have lost their guiding functions, people have to "mind-map" their own routes through a fagmentary world. The paper establishes the quest form in the 1966 book by Pynchon and draws lines of tradition to Jarmusch's 2005 Browken Flowers.

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Thomas Pynchon by Tony Tanner Summary

Thomas Pynchon is now recognized as a major contemporary novelist and perhaps the most important American writer since Melville. His work is both richly imaginative and amazingly erudite and can be compared, in its complexity, linguistic playfulness and experimentation and wealth of allusion, to the work of James Joyce. Aspects of history, psychology, technology and science, cultural and political movements, problems of identity and society and the status and function of fiction and narrative in the modern world are all dramatized with extraordinary wit and power. Tony Tanner provides a brief, comprehensive introduction to his work. Against the background of Pynchon the man, this book, originally published in 1982, examines in detail his early short stories (some of which are not easily accessible) and offers a guide to the reading of his novels, V., The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity’s Rainbow. Many of Pynchon’s recurrent themes, from entropy and information theory to his interest in the operations and divisions of power in the world since the Second World War, are considered. Finally, Tony Tanner places Pynchon and his work in a broader cultural and literary context.