This reading of Gravity's Rainbow argues that, coming as it does out of a particularly "revolutionary" era in American history, the novel must be contextualized within this radical or revolutionary framework. Moreover, the philosophical foundation for much of the organized radical movement derives (through C. Wright Mills) directly from John Dewey and William James, pragmatists in the American grain whose philosophy was (especially in the case of Dewey) radically democratic.
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Cassidy, E. & O'Hara, D., (1994). Abstracts of the Other Papers Presented at the Conference. Pynchon Notes. (34-35), pp.176–187. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.204