Pynchon & Germany – Gravity’s Rainbow #6
The essay I mention early in the video is Steven Weisenburger’s chapter “Gravity’s Rainbow” from the Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon.
My discussion of German culture in Pynchon references and is informed by David Cowart’s Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History.
Linda Hutcheon’s ‘historiographic metafiction’ is largely discussed in her seminal text A Poetics of Postmodernism.
Michael Davitt Bell’s priceless recap of the novel’s sections:
Pynchon’s letter defending Ian McEwan:
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READING PROJECT’S SCHEDULE
All of these breaks, when they are not marked by the end of one of the novel’s four parts, correspond to the last line or first line of a sub-chapter, so it shouldn’t be too hard to locate them.
The page number on which each section ends is given. The letters close to the number indicate different editions.
VN: 2013 Vintage edition with multicolor silhouettes of rockets on the cover and red spine.
This edition has the SAME page layout as the 2000 Vintage edition with all the tiny characters and items drawn on the cover over a white field.
O: 1995 Vintage edition with collage of pin-ups, rockets and explosions on the cover.
This edition has the SAME page layout as the original 1973 Viking edition of the novel.
PD: 2005 Penguin Deluxe edition, black and white cover with the silhouette of a rocket.
Thanks to Richard and Hunter for the help with the page numbers!
– September 6th: Introduction.
– September 20th: 1/8: Frontispiece to “Their footprints filled with ice, and a little later they were taken out to sea.” Page: VN 109; O 92; PD 94.
– October 4th: 2/8: From “In silence, hidden from her” to the end of part 1. Page: VN 211; O 177; PD 181.
– October 18th: 3/8: The entire part 2, Un Perm’ au Casino Herman Goering. Page: VN 331; O 278; PD 283.
– November 1st: 4/8: From the beginning of part 3 to “hovering coyly over the pit of death…” Page: VN 455; O 383; PD 389.
– November 15th: 5/8: From “A soft night” to “So somebody has to tell you.” Page: VN 561; O 472; PD 480.
– November 29th: 6/8: From “Halfway up the ladder” to the end of part 3. Page: VN 730; O 616; PD 629.
– December 13th: 7/8: From the beginning of Part 4 to “Streets.” Page: VN 821; O 692; PD 706.
– December 27th: 8/8: From “Streets” to end of the book. Page: VN 902; O 760; PD 776.