Vineland the Good

This section serves as repository for information about Vineland. If anyone would like to add something, please email us!

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Review & Synopsis – The Quail’s comments on Vineland. from the “Works” page.

Offsite Resources

Babies of Wackiness: A Reader’s Guide to Vineland – Created by John Diebold and Michael Goodwin, this site serves as a guide and explication of Vineland.


Cultural Trauma and the "Timeless Burst": Pynchon’s Revision of Nostalgia in Vineland
Berger, James
Written by Dr. Berger of GMU, this excellent paper discusses Vineland as a work in which the trauma of the 60’s coexists with its effects in the 80’s, and points to a deeper understanding of complex relationship between the Left and the Right. One of the best essays I’ve read about Vineland!

Thanatoids and Narrative Sliding in Vineland
du Prie, Daniel
A brief "poststructuralist" reading of Vineland, from the author’s "Poststrucuralist Page."

Abrams Remembers Pynchon
Hollander, Charles
From Pynchon Notes 36-39, 1995-1996. A brief essay, this pulls a line an early Pynchon term paper and applies it to Vineland. Online at Vheissu.

Totalizing Postmodernism: Master-narratives in Pynchon’s Vineland
Sullivan, Bruce A.
A look at Reaganomics, courtly love, and other "master-narratives" at work in Vineland.

The President’s Emergency War Powers and the Erosion of Civil Liberties in Pynchon’s Vineland
Thoreen, David
From the Oklahoma City University Law Review vol. 24, no. 3, 1999. Thoreen’s paper contends that Vineland "reflects not only the history of executive aggrandizement which has accompanied American expansion, but also the concomitant threats to Americans’ civil rights, including the imposition of martial law, mass detention of civilians, and asset seizures."

Vineland in the Novels of John Barth and Thomas Pynchon
Vanderbeke, Dirk.
A look at various Vinelands, real and fictional. Online at diss.thema, a German Web site.


Still Crazy After All These Years
Rushdie, Salman
From the January 14, 1990 New York Times, Rushdie’s is a delightful and very positive review of an often maligned work.

Vineland retains Pynchon’s sense of the absurd
Webster, Mark
A review for MIT’s The Tech, March 23, 1990.


Thomas Pynchon / Paperback / Published 1997
Our Price: $11.16

The Vineland Papers: Critical Takes on Pynchon’s Novel
Geoffrey Green, et al / Hardcover / Published 1994
(Out Of Print)

The Vineland Papers: Critical Takes on Pynchon’s Novel
Geoffrey Green(Editor), et al / Paperback / Published 1994
(Out Of Print)

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