Reading: Pynchon, Grimm and Swinish Duality: A Note on the Pig Image in Gravity's Rainbow

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Pynchon, Grimm and Swinish Duality: A Note on the Pig Image in Gravity's Rainbow

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Patrick J. Hurley

St. Louis University
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The pig appears again and again, in many contexts, throughout Gravity's Rainbow. A number of studies have explored the way the pig image functions in the novel, but many of them are flawed by attempts to impose a single reading of the image. Not that one reading is correct and the others not: as with many aspects of Pynchon's writing, the truth is more complex. We were warned as early as The Crying of Lot 49 to beware the pitfalls of either/or thinking. The prevailing view of the pig as a symbol of transgression, detailed most thoroughly in Allon White's Bakhtinian reading, considers perhaps the primary function of the pig in GR. This function, however, is only one component of a multifaceted image.
How to Cite: J. Hurley, P., (2001). Pynchon, Grimm and Swinish Duality: A Note on the Pig Image in Gravity's Rainbow. Pynchon Notes. (46-49), pp.208–210. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.99
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Published on 22 Sep 2001.
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