THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Thomas Pynchon Literary Criticism

Gravity's Rainbow

An essay by Wes Chapman of Illinois Wesleyan University exploring gender issues in this novel, particularly in regards to them having a sufficient political base. There is recourse to several theorists and analysis of numerous excerpts from Pynchon's text.
An essay by Nadine Attewell of Cornell University examining Pynchon's constructions of nostalgia as well as various definitions of postmodernism.
In this essay H. Brenton Stevens assesses the role of comic books in the novel.
An essay by David Rando of Cornell University looking at Pynchon's novel in the context of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Mason & Dixon

An essay by Justin Scott Coe of Claremont Graduate University examining various issues relating to religion and history, and their treatment in Pynchon's novel. With analysis of several excerpts from the text.
An essay by Christy L. Burns of the College of William and Mary which analyzes in detail many aspects of this novel, including the relationship between the titular characters, the author's narrative techniques, and the work's association with postmodern concepts.

Vineland

In this essay by Peter Baker of Towson State University examining the postmodern concerns of this novel, as well as Don DeLillo's Mao II and Neil Jordan's film The Crying Game.
In this essay, James Berger of George Mason University looks at the role of nostalgia in Pynchon's novel.
A paper by Márk Kaposvári of the University of Szeged, looking at satire in this novel and Pynchon's portrayal of its characters.
An essay by Bruce A. Sullivan exploring this novel's treatment of the postmodern concept of 'master-narratives', with analysis of the text.

Against the Day

An essay by Bernard Duyfhuizen exploring various aspects of this text, with analysis of several extracts and comparisons with other Pynchon novels.

The Crying of Lot 49

In this essay Anindita Dutta adopts a scientific approach, involving an exploration of entropy in thermodynamics and information theory, to expound on this narrative.