Reading: Echoes of Narcissus: Classical Mythology and Postmodern Pessimism in The Crying of Lot 49

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Echoes of Narcissus: Classical Mythology and Postmodern Pessimism in The Crying of Lot 49

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David J. Ferrero

Harvard University
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The Crying of Lot 49 ends on a seemingly hopeful note. Lot 49 may reveal the existence of an energy source beyond the cultural and existential inertia Oedipa Maas has discovered since she left Kinneret for San Narciso to execute her late lover's will. Shortly before the auction begins, Oedipa anticipates this revelation.
How to Cite: J. Ferrero, D., (1999). Echoes of Narcissus: Classical Mythology and Postmodern Pessimism in The Crying of Lot 49. Pynchon Notes. (44-45), pp.82–96. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.120
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Published on 22 Sep 1999.
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