The list of projects critics have imputed to Gravity's Rainbow generates a type of encyclopedia. There are projects of becoming, projects of knowledge, projects of social import, projects of reading and critical style, and projects of science. No wonder Edward Mendelson goes so far as to call the text an encyclopedic narrative, part of a class of books that "are metonymic compendia of the data, both scientific and aesthetic, valued by their culture. They attempt to incorporate representative elements of all the varieties of knowledge their societies put to use."
How to Cite:
Schuber, S.P., 1984. Textual Orbits/Orbiting Criticism: Deconstructing Gravity's Rainbow. Pynchon Notes, (14), pp.65–74. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.402