14 Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49 1 . The Grid Metropolis The grid is a
crucial metaphor in Thomas Pynchon ' s novel The Crying of Lot 49 . 1 It signifies
order and control and represents the sprawling metropolis of late consumer ...
Author: Gerd Hurm
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Category: Literary Criticism
"Fragmented Urban Images" fuses urban studies and literary criticism to examine the city image in American fiction in the twentieth century. The study proposes a reassessment of the complex interaction between society, city, and novel. It focuses particularly on the ways in which the diversity of fragmented experience and the ideological bias in the assessment of urban condition reappear in the modernist city images. The study finds that, contrary to appearances, cities can hardly be called agents in modernity. As expressions of fundamental divisions in society, they are crucial catalysts, however. Eight influential city novels are interpreted to provide a distinct view of the interrelation between fragmented experience, fictional perception, and urban thought in modernity: "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets " by Stephen Crane, "Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser, "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair, "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Manhattan Transfer" by John Dos Passos, "Native Son" by Richard Wright, "Last Exit to Brooklyn" by Hubert Selby, and "The Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas Pynchon.