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.

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: Modern Language Association of America

ISBN: 9780873528146

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As teachers well know, the elements that make Thomas Pynchon exciting to read and study—the historical references, the multilayered prose, and the postmodern integration of high and low cultures and science and literature—often constitute hurdles to undergraduate and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 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.


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: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060931674

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

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After learning that she is the executor of her ex-lover's will, Oedipa Maas starts a strange journey through Southern California in the 1960s.

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.

Thomas Pynchon

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

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143811611X

Category:

Page: 160

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

Simulacrum within Pynchon s The Crying of Lot 49

Simulacrum within Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 By Dominika Oliver One of the
most common themes of Postmodernism is the concept of Simulacrum, an inferior
reproduction of a unique object. Nothing within the world is original or inspired ...

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.


Postmodernism and Notions of National Difference

Mystery and History , Discovery and Recovery in Thomas Pynchon ' s The Crying
of Lot 49 and Graham Swift ' s Waterland Thomas Pynchon ' s The Crying of Lot
49 and Graham Swift ' s Waterland have been identified as belonging within the ...

Author: Geoffrey William Lord

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042001169

Category: American fiction

Page: 190

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A Hand to Turn the Time

Pynchon's second Menippean satire, The Crying of Lot 49, both resembles and
differs from its predecessor V. As in V., a protagonist becomes obsessed with a
fantastic quest. However, Pynchon does not render the quest as a discontinuous
 ...

Author: Theodore D. Kharpertian

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838633618

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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A study of the major fiction of Thomas Pynchon in three contexts: Menippean satire, post-modernism, and American writing. The critical genealogy of the term satire is discussed and Pynchon's V., The Crying of Lot 49, and Gravity's Rainbow are analyzed.


Thomas Pynchon

DIANA YORK BLAINE The Crying of Lot 49 explores the myriad social and
psychic implications of mortality, revealing an obsession with the subject
endemic to modern American experience.1 Pierce Inverarity's death catalyzes
the plot; his last ...

Author: Niran Bahjat Abbas

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838639542

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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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.


How to Read and Why

Other moments of reality break through the fantasy structures of The Crying of Lot
49, but this is the grandest. In the pages of nearly any other writer, it might seem
sentimental, but not when it manifests in Pynchon. In the book's closing scene, ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684859076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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At a time when faster and easier electronic media threaten to eclipse reading and literature, the author explores reasons for reading and demonstrates the aesthetic pleasure reading can bring.


From Postmodernism to Psychoanalysis

In charting the move from postmodernism to psychoanalysis, I argue that the novel has created a new kind of continuous and circuitous storytelling.

Author: Brittany Adams

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Postmodernism (Literature)

Page: 64

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Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is a critique of two dominant schools of literary-cultural theory. Jean-François Lyotard's postmodern theory is challenged by Pynchon's depiction of a continuous but creative mourning. Furthermore, psychoanalytic theory is taken up as a subject in the novel whereby the domain of psychoanalysis is reworked and reconstituted as narrative form. In charting the move from postmodernism to psychoanalysis, I argue that the novel has created a new kind of continuous and circuitous storytelling.

Psychological Politics of the American Dream

Existential Inferiority on Trial in Thomas Pynchon's Crying of Lot 49 Can
existential subjectivity still constitute itself once the individual and the socius are
symbioticaily dissolved in the self-emptying commodity signs that constitute the ...

Author: Lois Tyson

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 0814206263

Category: American literature

Page: 169

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While it is reasonable to assume that our national literature would offer a fertile field in which to explore the interaction between the ideological and psychological dimensions of American life, critics generally have kept these two domains separate, and the dominant model has consisted of an archaic notion of the individual in society.