The papers in this volume address all of Thomas Pynchon's works to date, from his earliest production in Voice of the Hamster to Inherent Vice. The collection brings together fifteen specialists from three continents: America, Australia and Europe. They contribute to the current debates on Pynchon's supposed post-modernism either by revitalizing established postmodern critical perspectives and applying them to seldom read texts, or by reappraising Pynchon's fiction within broader literary and philosophical contexts. Though individual approaches vary, common concerns are expressed, among which a marked interest in the reappraisal of ethical and political dimensions, as well as a focus on the questions of return and the potential emergence of the new out of the old.
"Bibliography." , 323-340.
Chamerois, Gilles and Bénédicte Chorier-Fryd. "Introduction." , 11-16.
Chamerois, Gilles. "Langue-en-joue: Bilingual Jokes in Mason & Dixon." , 241-258.
Chorier-Fryd, Bénédicte. "'A Beat Late': Rhythmical Oddities in Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon." , 259-270.
"Contributors." , 341.
Eve, Martin P. "Pynchon and Witggenstein: Ethics, Relativism and Philosophical Methodology." , 81-104.
Henson, Nicholas. "California Traverses: Lines of Resistance in Pynchon's Vineland and Against the Day." , 43-62.
Herman, Luc. "Storyworld and Historiographic Metafiction: Belgium in Against the Day." , 173-192.
Hollander, Charles. "Pynchon's Indicative Meaning: Onomatomania/Onomatophobia? Or, None of the Above." , 17-42.
Kolbuszewska, Zofia. "'Between Hell and Purgatory': From Baudelaire's Allegory of Commodified Female to Pynchon's Neobaroque in V.." , 271-284.
Lento, Stephen C. "Virtual Structures and Virtuality in The Crying of Lot 49 and Inherent Vice." , 63-80.
Maissonat, Claude. "The Artist as Scavenger: Inconclusiveness and Reflexivity in 'Low-Lands'." , 223-240.
McAvan, Em. "Feeling God on Certain Days: The Kenosis of The Crying of Lot 49 after the Death of God." , 285-298.
Mösch, Matthias. "The Spectre of Faust in the Early Works of Thomas Pynchon." , 105-128.
Servain, Cyril. "Noise and Parasitism in Pynchon's V.." , 147-172.
Simonetti, Paolo. "Portrait of the Artist as an Undergraduate Prankster: Images of Youth in Pynchon's Writing." , 193-222.
Stevens-Larré, LeAnn. "V. as Archive." , 129-146.
Battesti, Anne. "Approaching Presence in Thomas Pynchon's Novels." , 299-322.