Steven C. Weisenburger's A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for PDF

By Steven C. Weisenburger

ISBN-10: 0820337641

ISBN-13: 9780820337647

Including a few 20 percentage to the unique content material, it is a thoroughly up-to-date variation of Steven Weisenburger's essential advisor to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page by way of web page, frequently line via line, throughout the welter of old references, medical information, cultural fragments, anthropological study, jokes, and puns round which Pynchon wove his tale. Weisenburger totally annotates Pynchon's use of languages starting from Russian and Hebrew to such subdialects of English as Nineteen Forties road speak, drug lingo, and army slang in addition to the extra imprecise terminology of black magic, Rosicrucianism, and Pavlovian psychology.

The Companion additionally finds the underlying association of Gravity's Rainbow--how the book's myriad references shape styles of which means and constitution that experience eluded either admirers and critics of the novel.

The Companion is keyed to the pages of the primary American variants of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the particular, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the radical as considered one of twenty "Great Books of the 20th Century."

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The ballet, however, concludes two different ways: one in which Odette and Siegfried tragically drown, and another in which they live happily ever. The allusion thus begs several questions: for this Swan Lake–style girl, who is her “Rothbart”? Is it Pointsman or Mexico? Or, if Roger Mexico is her “Siegfried,” loving her as he does during the midnight hours, then is it their fate either to live happily together or (somehow) to drown? 34 achieved perfect tripos At Cambridge University the tripos are any of the examinations for a baccalaureate degree; a perfect score constitutes the highest academic achievement.

23–24 the Frick Frack Club in Soho London’s Soho district, now known as the hub of London filmmaking, once was home to clubs of low repute and numerous secondhand shops; the Frick Frack Club is unknown, but the phrase “frick and frack” was war-era slang for any two persons or objects related or nearly identical to each other. The phrase itself derived from a Swiss ice-skating duo known for their comical routines; they appear in the 1944 film Lady, Let’s Dance (Monogram Pictures), in which war refugee Belita (an actual dancer, as herself) plays a waitress picked by a producer (James Ellison) to be a lead dancer when his show’s prima donna walks off.

3 the Cavendish Laboratory The scientific institute at Cambridge University named for classical physicist Henry Cavendish (1731–1810). Before World War II it was home to nuclear physicists Rutherford and Bohr, who first proposed the planetary model of the atom and later made the discoveries that enabled researchers to split atoms of uranium. 15 occupies all of St. James’s The Adenoid has closed the circle. St. James Park borders on Whitehall, home of the British War Office, the Admiralty, the Treasury, and Scotland Yard.

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