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Pynchon Criticism
Welcome to Spermatikos Logos' newly-expanded page of Pynchon criticism! The intention of this section is to collect, organize, and annotate a selected list of Pynchon-related criticism, including academic books, reader's guides, and essay collections. Essentially an evolving work-in-progress, it will be fleshed out over the next year or so, with reviews and commentary added every few months. If you find that some of our information is out of date, or you have a book you would like to add, please email us!
Please note that that this page also contains a "Quick Reference Card" of all the titles listed in this section.

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General Criticism -- Criticism, essays, and analyses about Pynchon's writing in general.

Shorter Works -- Guides and criticism for V., The Crying of Lot 49, and Vineland.

Gravity's Rainbow -- Guides and criticism pertaining to Gravity's Rainbow.

Mason & Dixon -- Guides and criticism pertaining to Mason & Dixon.

Critical Bibliography -- Dr Larry Daw's hyperlinked bibliography of selected Pynchon criticism, including books, journals and newspapers.

Quick Reference Card:

General Criticism
The Grim Phoenix: Reconstructing Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon's Art of Illusion
Rainbow Quest of Thomas Pynchon
Ideas of Order in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon
Fictional Labyrinths of Thomas Pynchon
Gnostic Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Materials
Christian Allusions in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon: Allusive Parables of Power
A Hand to Turn the Time: The Menippean Satires of Thomas Pynchon
Fragmented Urban Images: The American City in Modern Fiction from Stephen Crane to Thomas Pynchon
Pynchon's Poetics: Interfacing Theory and Text
Thomas Pynchon's Narratives: Subjectivity and Problems of Knowing
Lines of Flight: Discursive Time and Countercultural Desire in the Work of Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon: Reading from the Margins
American Postmodernity: Essays On The Recent Fiction Of Thomas Pynchon

Shorter Works
A Companion to V.
Beyond and Beneath the Mantle: On Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49
New Essays on The Crying of Lot 49
A Companion to The Crying of Lot 49
The Vineland Papers

Gravity's Rainbow
Pynchon's Mythography: An Approach to Gravity's Rainbow
The Style of Connectedness: Gravity's Rainbow and Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel

Mason & Dixon
Pynchon and Mason & Dixon
Mason & Dixon & Pynchon

--Allen B. Ruch
& Dr Larry Daw
3 October 2003

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