Publication Year

1992

Keywords

Literature, English, Thomas Pynchon, Oedipa Maas, literary criticism

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Fiction

Abstract

For over twenty-five years, readers have been perplexed when confronted with Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49. The text of the novel continually undermines itself, with words and sentences contradicting and subverting what has been stated before. A person attempting to read the text constantly finds him or herself rereading passages to make sense of what is going on. Moreover, after setting up an intriguing mystery through the whole novel, at the end, the text refuses to provide a traditional solution.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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