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Metaphor and V.: Metaphysics in the Mirror

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Elizabeth Campbell

Oregon State University
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Thomas pynchon's V. is, among other things, a lament over the separation of the physical from the metaphysical in modern existence. To use D. H. Lawrence's terms from Studies in Classic American Literature, V. is a parodic narrative about those "post-mortem effects" which follow Moby-Dick, such as the "ghoulish" quality evident in Whitman's poetry.
How to Cite: Campbell, E., (1988). Metaphor and V.: Metaphysics in the Mirror. Pynchon Notes. (22-23), pp.57–69. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.316
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Published on 22 Sep 1988.
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