What next? If the dualities in Gravity’s Rainbow match — link and annul — along the lines of the equations or relations we have just been describing, what might be the terms of a critical rhetoric that addresses the texts of Pynchon? That is to say, given the model of Gravity’s Rainbow, how might we proceed to write about the ways the dualities are deployed in his other books? — or indeed about any relation between two or more texts, or pieces of text? And every piece of text by our reckoning is always at least dual — for, as long as we are writing, that relation will fall within the context of a rhetorical, or post-rhetorical one.
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- 1.The Crying of Lot 49 (New York/London: Bantam Books/Jonathan Cape, 1967). J. Derrida, The Post Card, trans. A. Bass (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987). Page references appearing in parentheses in this chapter are from these editions.Google Scholar
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