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Pynchon's Poetics: Interfacing Theory and Text [Paperback]

Hanjo Berressem

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1 Dec 1992
"Pynchon's Poetics" is a provocative, intelligent analysis of " V.", "The Crying of Lot 49", "Gravity's Rainbow", and "Vineland". Hanjo Berrssem examines these works in the light of poststructuralist thought and literary theory, investigating the notion of subjectivity and the relations between the subject, culture, and language.

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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (1 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252062485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252062483
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,503,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A masterly study of subjectivity in Pynchon's work. Berressem knows his theory -- Lacan, Derrida, Baudrillard -- and his Pynchon inside out. The reader interested in theory and the reader interested in practical criticism will both find much to admire and use here." -- John M. Krafft, a founding editor, Pynchon Notes

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lacan, Deleuze and Pynchon 17 May 2008
By Michael L. Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a huge Pynchon fan, and know little of Lacan or Deleuze.
This book applies French theory to Pynchon's text. It also gives
introductions to Lacan and Deleuze. So I'm finding it very helpful and
interesting. It's not an easy read, but if this is the sort of thing
you like, you will like this book. (-;
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate assimilation of theory and text. 3 April 2001
By Bret M Brinkman - Published on Amazon.com
Only recommended to hardcore theorists and devoted Pynchonites (if those two titles can possibly coincide). Although I don't find the theory particuarly engaging, someone may.............this book is for you, but not me. Berressem is thorough in his evaluation, and the book isn't a difficult read. Overall, a mild recommendation.
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