Reading: Gravity's Angels in America, or, Pynchon's Angelology Revisited

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Gravity's Angels in America, or, Pynchon's Angelology Revisited

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Brian McHale

West Virginia University
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"There are no angels in America," says Louis Ironson, a character in Tony Kushner's epic play, Angels in America (92). This line is fraught with multiple ironies, some of them unintended. Though the character Louis doesn't know it, in fact there are angels in his America, the America of 1985, one of whom will shortly manifest itself to his former lover, Prior. Moreover, though the playwright Kushner might not have known it yet, as of 1990, when the first part of his two-part play premiered, there were already angels in his America as well; and by 1993, when his play opened on Broadway, there would be many more of them.
How to Cite: McHale, B., (1998). Gravity's Angels in America, or, Pynchon's Angelology Revisited. Pynchon Notes. (42-43), pp.303–316. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.154
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Published on 22 Sep 1998.
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