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«How had it ever happened here?»

A Constructivist Reading of Thomas Pynchons "The Crying of Lot 49" and its Role in the Pynchon Canon · American Culture

by Yvonne Klose


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«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.

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Peter Lang
Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
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American Culture


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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 cur...

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