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Crying of Lot 49 Class

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Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49 "Oedipa"
Freud
Mythology
? Mucho Maas
"Too much"
Surplus
? Pierce Inverarity
In Veritas
Rarity
Mystery
Penetration (the truth) Dr. Hilarious
Drugs
Transparency Yoyodyne Tristero Real meaning or empty? Asking for Interpretation Tupperware parties
(false social interaction)
Dissatisfaction Decay
Depressing "Lost"
Waste
Wreck (8)
Death
Futureless
Endless
"Residue of lives"
Junkyard
rust
low value
dust
ash Counterfeit
Unfairness "Dented malfunctioning version of self" Insensitive ========> Sensitive cf. "Valley of Ashes" (Gatsby) Varo Triptych (p. 13) mirrors Genesis Creating (weaving) a world
"spin a tale"
"tell a yarn" "Shades" Looking at the world through tears (13) Prisoner Oedipa = weavers / Rapunzel Tower = Kinneret (suburbs) Dark masked Figure Witch?
Reaper
Death
The Fates (mythology) Controller
Architect
"Big Brother"
(Eckleberg's Eyes) (Gatsby) Good or Evil?? Pierce = Prince or Tyrant Noticably (if sensitive)
Unspoken
Veiled
Silent
Mute
Tacit
Implicit
Absent
Anonymous
Formless
Magic "Malignant" Internal Focalization (POV)
Access to Oedipa's thoughts
BUT limited/imperfect/biased perspective Language
Refs
Assimilation
Plot = ?
"Making the pieces fit" Names "Little Boxes" The "Unvarying Grey Sickness" Used Car Lot Closed (Learned Helplessness) San Narciso Printed circuit "Intent to communicate" (15) Mike Fallopian Manny Depresso Un-Natural Emergent "order" "Concealed meaning" (Almost) Inaudible rush of concealed meaning Verge of Revelation "Odd Religious Instant" Metzger="Butcher" Oedipa vs "natural" "Revelation"
(29, 15, ...)
Rapid
Total
Irrevocable
"revealed"
meaning Science / Law
Progressive
Empirical
Experimental/Demonstrable
Iterative Once upon a time there was ____________
Every day, _______________________
One day, _____________ happened
Because of THAT, ______________ happened
Because of THAT, _______________ happened
Finally, __________________ Detective story
Discovering "the truth"
Crime
Investigator hired
Collect clues-clue-clue
Clues don't fit
Suspects
Personal implication
betrayal
pieces come together
Confrontation vs. Echo courts Echo + narcissus : Myth Solipsistic Empty Communication Oedipa = Echo (26) Too many coincidences ? Oedipa/Reader = Detective Frustration, desperation, hypnosis Closed systems / Bubble Metzger: lawyer/actor Manny Dipresso : Lawyer /actor Roseman: Lawyer, hates actors Reliability?
Truth vs. Fiction Igor Fangoso Lagoons Pierce's ("Founding Father's" (15)) "Interests"
Yoyodyne
Fangoso Lagoons
Beaconsfield Cigarettes (21)
Turkish Bath (25)
All of San Narciso??
Thurn and Taxis (postal monopoly)
Pony Express (63, 75)
Straights
Yoydyne (losers)
Boeing
Lockheed
(McCarthy) "Strip Boticelli" of what? Disturbed
Puzzled Hairspray scene (23)
What point? Ambivalent Strip Tease
Wrapped in clothes
Stay hidden/protected/insulated Ambivalence about Imprisonment Broken mirror
Bud luck, bad omen
cf. Narcissus
End of hypnosis Metaphor for entire plot?
Chaotic
Unresolved Unpredictable, or knowable?? "end to her encapsulation" (29) "Tristero"
="triste"
=tryst
=tri=three
=eros/sexuality
=triptych
=hysteria ? Stamp collection Sensitizing/Seduction the Scope yoyo, power Yoyodyne employees Post Horn mute Signal battle Silence
(48)
"unutterable"
"ritual reluctance"
"new mode of expression"
"T-t-t-t-t" Inclusive/Combination "Winners" / Monoply /"Haves" / Official / Powerful / Hegemony / Suburban milieu Dead Zones Difficulties Trystero:
Oedipa->Driblette->Zapf's paperback ("corrupt")->publisher warehouse (70)->"tryst" whitechapel version (botrz: corrupt) ->critic : "trystero" -> ?->Bortz: secret pornographic Vatican version "Trystero" (Scurvhamites ?)-> Blobb? Tristero : Modern Spelling? Latinate Spelling? or Red Herring?
(29, 36, etc.)
"Founding figure" : Henrando Joaquin de Tristero 110) "El Desheredado"
We Await Silent Tristero's Empire W.A.S.T.E. Disinherited/Abandoned/Losers/Underground/ Have-nots/ Forgotten /Betrayed / Insurgent Hernando...
Inamorati-Anon
Doomed Soldiers (Lago de Pietà)
Metzger
Nefastis
Oedipa
Mucho
Hilarious
Indians, Women, Minorities
Deaf Mute Society
Old Sailor
READER
TRISTERO
The Paranoids
...EVERYONE Pierce Pierce's Will = who is the inheritor (-ress)
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