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Pynchon's Anti-Quests

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Mark Siegel

University of Wyoming
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The quest pattern is one of the most venerable literary paradigms of human development, both psychological and social. All three of Pynchon's novels make overt use of the quest pattern, generally depicting the inadequacy of the traditional pattern to abet or develop a consciousness capable of restoring the individual and his world to productive harmony. In effect, Pynchon has played a major role in establishing a fictional pattern I will call the Anti-Quest.
How to Cite: Siegel, M., (1980). Pynchon's Anti-Quests. Pynchon Notes. (3), pp.5–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.503
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Published on 01 Jun 1980.
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