Lines of Flight: Discursive Time and Countercultural Desire by Stefan Mattessich

By Stefan Mattessich

For Thomas Pynchon, the attribute positive factors of past due capitalism—the upward thrust of the military-industrial complicated, consumerism, bureaucratization and specialization within the office, standardization in any respect degrees of social existence, and the turning out to be impression of the mass media—all aspect to a metamorphosis within the method humans event time and length. targeting Pynchon’s novels as consultant artifacts of the postwar interval, Stefan Mattessich analyzes this temporal transformation in relation not just to Pynchon’s paintings but additionally to its literary, cultural, and theoretical contexts.
Mattessich theorizes a brand new form of time—subjective displacement—dramatized within the parody, satire, and farce deployed via Pynchon’s oeuvre. particularly, he's attracted to displaying how this feeling of time pertains to the counterculture of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. studying this circulate for example of flight or break out and exposing the ideals in the back of it, Mattessich argues that the counterculture’s rejection of the dominant tradition finally grew to become an act of self-cancellation, a uprising during which the counterculture chanced on itself outlined by means of the very order it sought to flee. He issues to parallels in Pynchon’s makes an attempt to dramatize and enact the same event of time within the doubling-back, crisscrossing, and erasure of his writing. Mattessich lays out a conception of cultural construction founded at the moral necessity of greedy one’s personal susceptibility to discursive different types of determination.

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