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November 25, 2008

Patrick Swanson

Since we've talked and read a bit about post-modernism-
In what ways could "Wittgenstein's Mistress" be considered a post-modern novel? Also-what are some of the themes, techniques, concerns etc. it shares with what we've recently read ( especially "The Crying of Lot 49")? How is it different from the others novels we've read?

November 12, 2008

John Pollack

The Crying of Lot 49 raises issues of communication, or rather failures of communication, in a chaotic and fragmented world. It also focuses on issues of science (i.e. Nefastis's machine and Dr. Hilarious's experiements), a study which exemplifies a highly ordered and comprehensible system. What is the significance of Pynchon's juxtaposition of these two worlds? Does communication in one world affect the other? Could he be showing how one world undermines the other?

Tony Morimoto Cries on Lot 49

Communication is essential to the novel, but the means to which these characters communicate stands out. W.A.S.T.E. is one of the main secrets kept throughout the novel. Interestingly, their symbol is introduced on page 38 as a trumpet with a mute in it. Does this have any connection to the lack of communication throughout the novel? For example the American Deaf-Mute Assembly on page 80. If so, what does this secrecy emphasize in the novel?

November 11, 2008

Carley Miller

What are the sexual and gender-realted implications surrounding the infidelity between Mucho and Oedipa Maas? How does this relate to the Tristero concept of isolation?

November 5, 2008

Literary Theory (Part I)

Lecture Notes Week 10: Literary Theory (Part I)

Women's Experience in Poetry

Lecture Notes Week 10: Women's Experience in Poetry