Thomas Pynchon pp 186-189 | Cite as

Epilogue: Gravity’s Rainbow

  • John Dugdale


It would be strange to conclude this book without any comment on the relevance of its ideas to Gravity’s Rainbow, or any indication of the extent to which Pynchon’s masterpiece conforms to the basic model it has advanced for understanding his fiction. Although the sheer scale and the multifariousness of the novel are substantial deterrents to any attempt to sketch a comprehensive interpretation in a few pages, it may be helpful to outline an account which concentrates on the continuities from the earlier work.


Sheer Scale Comprehensive Interpretation Historical Fiction Unitary Narrative Literary Loyalty 
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    Linda Hutcheon, A Poetics of Postmodernism (New York and London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1988), p. x et passim. Hutcheon also includes in the category texts by such writers as Eco, Fowles, Fuentes, Barth, Coover and Doctorow.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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