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Lines of Flight: Discursive Time and Countercultural Desire in the Work of Thomas Pynchon
For Thomas Pynchon, the characteristic features of late capitalism—the rise of the military-industrial complex, consumerism, bureaucratization and specialization in the workplace, standardization at all levels of social life, and the growing influence of the mass media—all point to a transformation in the way human beings experience time and duration. Focusing on Pynchon’s ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 22nd 2002 by Duke University Press Books
(first published October 30th 2002)
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Nuff sed: "What you felt stirring across the land... it was the equinox... green spring equal nights... canyons are opening up, at the bottom are steaming fumaroles, steaming the tropical life there like greens in a pot, rank, dope-perfume, a hood of smell... human consciousness, that poor cripple, that deformed and doomed thing, is about to be born. This is the World just before men. Too violently pitched alive in constant flow ever to be seen by men directly. They are meant only to look at it ...more
Mar 11, 2008 Dan rated it it was ok
Recommended to Dan by: Thomas Carmichael
This is a highly theoretical analysis of the counter-cultural theme in the novels of Thomas Pynchon. Mattessich employs the theories of postmodern thinkers Deleuze/Guattari in his approach to Pynchon's fiction, and as I have not read Deleuze and Guattari, I cannot say whether I agree with Mattesich's analysis or not. However, for readers of Pynchon who are familiar with concepts like "the body without organs" and "schizoanalysis," this might be something to try.