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Khachig Tololyan
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT 06459-3208)

Narrative Form and Technological Fact in the Fiction of Thomas Pynchon

To study Thomas Pynchon's transformation of the history of the V-2 rocket into a narrative. His Gravity's Rainbow cannibalizes historical and technological information and turns process into narrative, fact into symbol. PI asks why a writer might choose to use material so resistant to the shaping power of the imagination, and to consider what advantages result from Pynchon's use of such difficult material.

Project fields:
Literary Criticism

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1977 – 8/31/1977