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The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is one of the most recognizable and essential novels in postmodern literature. Apart from the many thematic elements—paranoia, uncertainty, etc.—that make The...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018 3:59 pm UTC

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The Crying of Lot 49

Marx's critique of the social and economic conditions of the British industrial revolution held that there was a profound and consequential power imbalance between the majority of people and the...

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The Crying of Lot 49

To write a paper on the postmodernism of The Crying of Lot 49, it might be helpful to establish a definition of postmodernism. Once the elements of postmodernism have been identified, they can be...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020 2:58 pm UTC

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The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon’s novel The Crying of Lot 49 contains an abundance of themes and ideas, including anti-government sentiment, female empowerment, and toxic capitalism. One way to write a paper on...

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The Crying of Lot 49

When, in his essay "The Discourse of Others," Craig Owens defines postmodernism as "a tremendous loss of mastery . . . not primarily a cultural mastery, but an economic, technical, and political...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 8:37 pm UTC

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The Crying of Lot 49

Well, if you only have those two choices, I'd have to say it is critical of this ideal. However, one can be in favor of an ideal, and still be critical of it, and I'd say that's what happens here....

Latest answer posted March 31, 2007 6:23 am UTC

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The Crying of Lot 49

Paranoia is the most central theme to the text. This concept is explored as a commentary on the nature of meaning and how it is made (epistemology). Oedipa Maas becomes enmeshed in a chain of...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013 1:34 pm UTC

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The Crying of Lot 49

In the story The Crying of Lot 49, the main character, Oedipa’s psychological state is brought into question when she enters a quest to understand the defunct postal system, Trystero. Her former...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 10:31 pm UTC

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The Crying of Lot 49

A mystery novel where the protagonist delves into deep philosophical questions while trying to solve the mystery is known as a "metaphysical detective story." The quintessential postmodern novella...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 11:13 pm UTC

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The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon is often regarded as an example of literary postmodernism. Just as modernism undermined many of the older certainties of positivism, so postmodernism...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015 11:11 am UTC

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