Reading: Notes for Gravity's Rainbow

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Notes for Gravity's Rainbow

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Steven Weisenburger

University of Kentucky
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To open Gravity's Rainbow is to step within a vast, satirically leveling flux of languages. Part 3 of the novel represents it as a "Zone," a skeptical field where the pre-War hierarchy of discourse has been pulverized. Certainly that condition is characteristic of the novel as a whole, and it thus represents a remarkable challenge to narrative stylistics. Mikhail Bakhtin, who has emerged since his death in 1975 as one of the most engaging theorists of narrative art, described that multi-languaged power of the genre, the "heteroglossia" of novels, as a primary defining characteristic. He argued that by incorporating into their fictions a plenitude of voices, each embodying a particular time and place (Bakhtin called it the "chronotope" of a discourse), novelists create radically decentered , open-ended artworks.
How to Cite: Weisenburger, S., (1983). Notes for Gravity's Rainbow. Pynchon Notes. (12), pp.3–15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.414
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Published on 01 Jun 1983.
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