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The New Pynchon Studies

Part of Twenty-First-Century Critical Revisions

Joanna Freer, Sascha Pöhlmann, Ali Chetwynd, Martin Paul Eve, Pieter Vermeulen, Sue J. Kim, Christopher K. Coffman, Michael O'Bryan, Hanjo Berressem, Katie Muth, Luc Herman, Ralph Clare, Tore Rye Andersen
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  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108474467


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  • This book captures a cross-section of the most significant recent developments in criticism on one of the most challenging authors of our time. It brings together essays by a new generation of Pynchon critics alongside some more established names in the field, building on and moving beyond existing critical paradigms in the study of Pynchon's work. In a critical landscape in which the postmodernism of Pynchon's earlier novels has been thoroughly established, this collection presents fresh analytical methodologies and new perspectives on Pynchon's fiction informed by the more expansive, globalized, and politicized network models that undergird recent advances in American literary theory and criticism. The New Pynchon Studies illustrates how Pynchon's later novels, Against the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge, demand a re-orientation of our approach to his entire oeuvre and enables readers to trace lines of continuity and development in his writing from V. to the present day.

    • Traces developments in Pynchon's fiction and in criticism around it over the course of the author's career
    • Essays are not based around a single theme or Pynchon novel
    • Emphasizes Pynchon's most recent novels, published in the twenty-first century, which have been somewhat critically undervalued
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108474467
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Pynchon studies in the twenty-first century Joanna Freer
    1. Pynchon and post-postmodernism Sascha Pöhlmann
    Part I. Theory:
    2. Pynchon after paranoia Ali Chetwynd
    3. Pynchon and new materialism Martin Paul Eve
    4. Pynchon's posthuman temporalities Pieter Vermeulen
    5. Pynchon, gender, and relational ethics Joanna Freer
    Part II. Politics:
    6. 'You are here': the postrace aesthetics of Pynchon's Against the Day Sue J. Kim
    7. Another apocalypse: digital ecologies and late Pynchon Christopher K. Coffman
    8. Pynchon and new political activisms Michael O'Bryan
    9. Threat and crisis in twenty-first century Pynchon Hanjo Berressem
    10. Digital readings Katie Muth
    Part III. Analysis:
    11. Reading Pynchon in and on the digital age Luc Herman
    12. Pynchon on film Ralph Clare
    13. Pynchon's twenty-first century paratexts Tore Rye Andersen

  • Editor

    Joanna Freer, University of Exeter
    Joanna Freer is Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Exeter. Her research approaches the work of Thomas Pynchon from a variety of political angles. Her recent publications include an essay collection co-edited with Ali Chetwynd and Georgios Maragos, Thomas Pynchon, Sex, and Gender (2018), an article entitled 'Decolonizing America: Native Americans in Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon' (2018), and the monograph Thomas Pynchon and American Counterculture (Cambridge, 2014). A special issue of Textual Practice, co-edited with Doug Haynes and addressing Pynchon's engagement with economics, is forthcoming.


    Joanna Freer, Sascha Pöhlmann, Ali Chetwynd, Martin Paul Eve, Pieter Vermeulen, Sue J. Kim, Christopher K. Coffman, Michael O'Bryan, Hanjo Berressem, Katie Muth, Luc Herman, Ralph Clare, Tore Rye Andersen

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