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Pynchon and the Tradition of American Romance

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Published in Schaub, T.H. Approaches to Teaching Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 and Other Works. New York: Modern Language Association. 2008, p. 195
Abstract In this essay I argue that a pedagogical approach based on the generic style of Pynchon's narratives is essential to foster an accurate understanding of Pynchon’s use of language and symbolism, his deployment of the quest structure, and the types of characters he creates as well as the settings in which he places them. Though commonly referred to as “novels,” V, The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, and Mason & Dixon conform to the definition of romance narrative proposed by Nathaniel Hawthorne and properly belong to the tradition of American literary romance. This essay indicates how generic characteristics of romance narrative inform the structure, language, style and themes of Pynchon's fiction.
Keywords Thomas PynchonAmerican romanceGenreNarrativeRalph Waldo EmersonNathaniel HawthorneHerman Melville
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ISBN: 978-0-87352-813-9
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MADSEN, Deborah Lea. Pynchon and the Tradition of American Romance. In: Schaub, T.H. (Ed.). Approaches to Teaching Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 and Other Works. New York : Modern Language Association, 2008. p. 195. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:92020

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