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«How had it ever happened here?»

A Constructivist Reading of Thomas Pynchon’s «The Crying of Lot 49» and its Role in the Pynchon Canon

by Yvonne Klose (Author)
Thesis VIII, 225 Pages
Series: American Culture, Volume 7

Summary

«How had it ever happened here?», Thomas Pynchon’s protagonist Oedipa Maas asks towards the end of his second novel The Crying of Lot 49. This question is taken up in this book to explore Pynchon’s novels in the light of constructivist theory. It begins with a detailed reading of The Crying of Lot 49, which is carried into readings of Pynchon’s other novels (V., Gravity’s Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against The Day, and Inherent Vice). All are shown to critically deal with the social construction of reality as a central theme, and a development of this theme is traced throughout Pynchon’s novels.

Details

Pages
VIII, 225
ISBN (PDF)
9783653013207
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631622964
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (September)
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. VIII, 225 pp.

Biographical notes

Yvonne Klose (Author)

Yvonne Klose, born in 1978, studied English and communication sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen. After working in the field of communication and PR for several years she changed her profession on receiving her doctorate in 2011. She currently teaches English and communication sciences.

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