Thomas Pynchon, Sex, and Gender

University of Georgia Press
  • erschienen am 15. November 2018
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  • 288 Seiten
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Thomas Pynchon's fiction has been considered masculinist, misogynist, phallocentric, and pornographic: its formal experimentation, irony, and ambiguity have been taken both to complicate such judgments and to be parts of the problem. To the present day, deep critical divisions persist as to whether Pynchon's representations of women are sexist, feminist, or reflective of a more general misanthropy, whether his writing of sex is boorishly pornographic or effectually transgressive, whether queer identities are celebrated or mocked, and whether his departures from realist convention express masculinist elitism or critique the gendering of genre.

Thomas Pynchon, Sex, and Gender reframes these debates. As the first book-length investigation of Pynchon's writing to put the topics of sex and gender at its core, it moves beyond binary debates about whether to see Pynchon as liberatory or conservative, instead examining how his preoccupation with sex and gender conditions his fiction's whole worldview. The essays it contains, which cumulatively address all of Pynchon's novels from V. (1963) to Bleeding Edge (2013), investigate such topics as the imbrication of gender and power, sexual abuse and the writing of sex, the gendering of violence, and the shifting representation of the family. Providing a wealth of new approaches to the centrality of sex and gender in Pynchon's work, the collection opens up new avenues for Pynchon studies as a whole.

  • Englisch
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978-0-8203-5399-9 (9780820353999)
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Edited by Ali Chetwynd, Joanna Freer, and Georgios Maragos
  • Cover
  • Half Title
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • A Chronological Bibliography of Relevant Published Research to 2017
  • Section 1. Origins
  • When Pynchon Was a Boys' Club: V. and Midcentury Mystifications of Gender
  • Section 2. Gender Roles
  • From Hard Boiled to Over Easy: Reimagining the Noir Detective in Inherent Vice and Bleeding Edge
  • Of "Maidens" and Towers: Oedipa Maas, Maxine Tarnow, and the Possibility of Resistance kostas kaltsas
  • Between Sangha and Sex Work: The Karmic Middle Path of Vineland's Female Characters
  • Section 3. Sex Writing
  • "Allons Enfants!" Pynchon's Pornographies
  • Queer Sex, Queer Text: S / M in Gravity's Rainbow
  • What Would Charlie Do? Narrowing the Possibilities of a Pornographic Redemption in Thomas Pynchon's Novels
  • Section 4. Violence: Gendered and Sexualized
  • "This Set of Holes, Pleasantly Framed": Pynchon the Competent Pornographer and the Female Conduit
  • Representations of Sexualized Children and Child Abuse in Thomas Pynchon's Fiction simon de bourcier
  • "Our Women Are Free": Slavery, Gender, and Representational Bias in Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon
  • Section 5. Family / Values
  • Pynchon and Gender: A View from the Typescript of V.
  • "Homer Is My Role Model": Father- Schlemihls, Sentimental Families, and Pynchon's Affinities with The Simpsons
  • Conservatism as Radicalism: Family and Antifeminism in Vineland
  • Choice or Life? Deliberations on Motherhood in Late- Period Pynchon
  • Contributors
  • Index
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