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Pynchon and Relativity

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Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. Critical and Theoretical Writing on Time, Relativity, and Pynchon 2. Time, Relativity, and the Logic of Fictional Worlds 3. The Fourth Dimension in Against the Day 4. The AEther in Against the Day 5. Spatial Time, the AEther, and the History of Physics in Mason & Dixon 6. V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, and Inherent Vice Conclusion Bibliography Index.

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Draws on Einstein's Theory of Relativity to examine the workings of narrative time in the novels of Thomas Pynchon, including Against the Day.

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Simon de Bourcier has a degree in English from Trinity College, Cambridge, an MA in English Studies from Anglia Ruskin University, and a PhD from the University of East Anglia, where he has also taught as an Associate Tutor.


"Inits consideration of time in all of Pynchon's novels from V. to Inherent Vice, thiswide-ranging study deservedly takes its place in the best tradition of Pynchoncriticism, moving with ease between literary criticism, philosophy, history andthe natural sciences. In particular, the book's elaborate reading of Against the Day is groundbreaking, andthis profound pioneering work makes Pynchonand Relativity a monograph no future analysis of that novel can afford to ignore." -- Sascha Poehlmann, Assistant Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich

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