Indeed, Pynchon was there first: This quality, which might best be described as encyclopedic, is also thoroughly addressed by the contributors to A Corrupted Pilgrim's Guide.
Amy Elias accounts for Against the Day 's loose narrative structure, for instance, by arguing that it takes the form of a "postmodern pilgrimage" that mediates between "the secular realism of picaresque and the romance of quest" 42 by elevating the community over the individual, and seeking over finding; while Krzysztof Piekarski, Martin Kevorkian, and Elisabeth McKetta contend that the profusion of major and minor characters in the novel, and their tendency to morph into each other, bears an unexpected affinity with "the democratic and potentially anarchic premises of the [nineteenth-century] realist novel" Both these essays, one might argue, take up the way in which neither plot nor character have been the most important elements of Pynchon's fiction, demonstrating how Against the Day reworks these standard features of the novel to accommodate its other investments.
The remaining essays address these other investments, collectively suggesting that we can call Against the Day encyclopedic not only because it includes a lot of information, but because it cross-references and potentially reorders If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.
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Jeffrey Severs , Christopher Leise. Its wide-ranging plot covers nearly three decades-from the World's Fair to the years just after World War I-and follows hundreds of characters within its pages. A Corrupted Pilgrim's Guide offers eleven essays by established luminaries and emerging voices in the field of Pynchon criticism, each addressing a significant aspect of the novel's manifold interests.
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By focusing on three major thematic trajectories the novel's narrative strategies; its commentary on science, belief, and faith; and its views on politics and economics , the contributors contend that Against the Day is not only a major addition to Pynchon's already impressive body of work but also a defining moment in the emergence of twenty-first century American literature. Genre as History Pynchons GenrePoaching.
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