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Postmodern Ana-Apocalyptics: Pynchon's V-Effect and the End (of Our Century)

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Laurent Milesi

University of Wales, Cardiff
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The nature of Thomas Pynchon's fiction has encouraged a serial view of his texts as being sequentially organized by some concatenative V-effect, from the first novel, V. (or "V1 "), then, momentarily omitting The Crying of Lot 49, to the centrality of V-2 rockets in Gravity's Rainbow, and, nearer us and nearer "home" (its final word), to Vineland as "V3" and a more nostalgic fresco of an allegorized proto-America (Vinland was the name given to the American continent sighted by the Vikings in the tenth century). But each time, a different estrangement takes place, according to a variable V-effect, or Pynchon's version of the Brechtian V[erfremdungs]-Effekt.
How to Cite: Milesi, L., (1998). Postmodern Ana-Apocalyptics: Pynchon's V-Effect and the End (of Our Century). Pynchon Notes. (42-43), pp.213–243. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.150
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Published on 22 Sep 1998.
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