The Crying of Lot 49

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.

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101594608

Category: Fiction

Page: 167

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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.

A Companion to The Crying of Lot 49

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.

Author: J. Kerry Grant

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820332089

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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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

Thomas Pynchon's classic post-modern satire, which tells the wonderfully unusual story of Oedipa Maas, first published in 1965.

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics

ISBN: 9780062334411

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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The Crying of Lot 49 is Thomas Pynchon's classic satire of modern America, about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in what would appear to be an international conspiracy. When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity, dies and designates her the coexecutor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Maas is thrust into a paranoid mystery of metaphors, symbols, and the United States Postal Service. Traveling across Southern California, she meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.

New Essays on The Crying of Lot 49

Together, these essays provide an examination of the novel within its literary, historical, and scientific contexts.

Author: Patrick O'Donnell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521381635

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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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.

Simulacrum within Pynchon s The Crying of Lot 49

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.

Author: Dominika Oliver

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656402744

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 4

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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.


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

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 ...

Author: Thomas H. Schaub

Publisher: Approaches to Teaching World L

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 195

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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.

New Close Readings of the Crying of Lot 49

This book provides numerous new interpretations of Thomas Pynchon's THE CRYING OF LOT 49, arguably the most epistemologically complex novel, page for page, ever written.

Author: Robert E. Kohn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781492166399

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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This book provides numerous new interpretations of Thomas Pynchon's THE CRYING OF LOT 49, arguably the most epistemologically complex novel, page for page, ever written. One of the continuing surprises of the 1960s was that such a novel was destined to become a blockbuster. The continual flow of new editions demonstrates that THE CRYING OF LOT 49 has remained a major seller well into the first decade of the 21st century. It is not surprising that J. Kerry Grant reported that some "Forty years after its first publication, [THE CRYING OF LOT 49] is still selling at the rate of between fifteen and twenty thousand copies annually." Kohn's close readings of Pynchon's novel draw on writings by Henry Adams, Roland Barthes, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Loren Eiseley, W.Y. Evans-Wentz, E.M. Forster, Don DeLillo, F.R. Leavis, Paul Virilio and Jerry Wilkerson.

Vineland

Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube.

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0749391413

Category: California, Northern

Page: 385

View: 500

Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube. Here, in an Orwellian 1984, Zoyd Wheeler and his daughter Prairie search for Prairie's long-lost mother, a Sixties radical who ran off with a narc. Vineland is vintage Pynchon, full of quasi-allegorical characters, elaborate unresolved subplots, corny songs ("Floozy with an Uzi"), movie spoofs (Pee-wee Herman in The Robert Musil Story), and illicit sex (including a macho variation on the infamous sportscar scene in V.).

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

This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410321037

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 15

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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.


The Crying of Lot 49

This voice acts almost as Oedipa Maas’s conscious, suggesting that he lives on in her mind while the story unfolds. He also speaks to the audience and to other characters within the book (who, of course, are completely oblivious).

Author: Thomas Pynchon &

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781320716642

Category:

Page:

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This uninvited collaboration between Mr. Pynchon and myself explores the original text of The Crying of Lot 49, with the added narrative of the dead Pierce Invararity throughout. This voice acts almost as Oedipa Maas’s conscious, suggesting that he lives on in her mind while the story unfolds. He also speaks to the audience and to other characters within the book (who, of course, are completely oblivious). I tried to derive from the original text as much as I could about Pierce, deeming him obscenely rich, manipulative, and pompous. This, as you will see, becomes very apparent rather quickly.

A Companion to The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49 every bit as labyrinthine as Wharfinger's “landscape of evil.” The thematic parallels between the play and Oedipa's quest are ...

Author: J. Kerry Grant

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820332086

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

View: 769

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.


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

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, ...

Author: Lars Dittmer

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640123336

Category:

Page: 52

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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.



Posthuman Suffering and the Technological Embrace

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 ...

Author: Anthony Miccoli

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739126334

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 141

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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.