Reading: Surrealism, Postmodernism, and Roger, Mexico

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Surrealism, Postmodernism, and Roger, Mexico

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Michael W. Vella

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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Thomas Pynchon is considered a major representative of American postmodernism, and hardly a discussion of postmodernism fails to mention Gravity's Rainbow. It is important, however, to see the extent to which Pynchon adheres to a surrealist aesthetic if one is to better understand the measure to which his postmodernist writing is shaped by the earlier movement. Elsewhere I have pursued Pynchon's own remarks in the preface to Slow Learner about his commitment to surrealism by tracing connections between V. and the surrealist presence in New York City. Here I merely note a West Coast connection between Pynchon and surrealism, and a further connection between Gravity's Rainbow and the general surrealist context of Pynchon's work.
How to Cite: Vella, M.W., (1989). Surrealism, Postmodernism, and Roger, Mexico. Pynchon Notes. (24-25), pp.117–119. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.298
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Published on 22 Sep 1989.
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