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Immanence and transcendence in Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon: a phenomenological study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The investigation studies Thomas Pynchon’s givenness in terms of three strata of manifestation: the arty, the rhizomatic, and the acosmic.

Utilizing a new affective turn implemented within the phenomenological movement by Michel Henry, the study proposes that alongside a rhizomatic mode of accessibility promoting transcendence, investigates the manifestation of this ontological withholding by carrying out the phenomenological reduction established by Edmund Husserl, and by elucidating the phenomenon of immanence in the literary text by means of a theory of auto-affection rooted in—but not reducible to—such methodological reduction.

The study proposes that the thematization of anomaly in unconstructed by means of phenomenological moves that uncover strata of phenomenalization that are not apparent on a thematic or merely playful level. These strata, with their promotion of immanence at the expense of transcendence, are found to be complexly affective in nature. The affectivity governing the withholding of transcendence in these strata is discovered to be instrumental in the work’s critique of colonial modes of spatialization, of logocentric modes of transcendence, and of post-Nietzschean modes of affective mastery.

Mason & Dixon as a novel that comes toMason & Dixon manifests a withholding of transcendence. The studyMason & Dixon may be Mason & Dixon normal/anomalous dichotomy and a mode of anomaly that is doubly anomalous. Manifested as a nonspatial zone, the doubly anomalous becomes manifested on the hither side of oppositional structures in the novel, such as truth/untruth. The doubly anomalous in Dixon fall short of their telos. Insofar as the ‘acosmic’ occurs within logocentric cartography, it implies an unsettling of every horizonal subject, of nature as the property of man, and of freeplay as the medium of will to power.discloses a tension between a mode of anomaly that is part of aMason &is identified as an ‘acosmic’ zone of affectivity in which mastering intellectualizations

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International , 2002. , x, 158 p.
Stockholm studies in English, ISSN 0346-6272 ; 97
Keyword [en]
Thomas Pynchon
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10594ISBN: 9122019626OAI: diva2:177113
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2002-05-25, Sal G, Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2008-01-04 Created: 2008-01-04 Last updated: 2012-10-02Bibliographically approved

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