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134. Pynchon at the Bleeding Edge: A Discussion of Thomas Pynchon's New Novel

Thursday, 9 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Los Angeles–Miami, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Cornelius Collins, Fordham Univ., Bronx

Cornelius Collins's Annotation: for extended descrip. & resources. For Twitter at #MLA14: #s134 (and I am @corneliuscoll).

Speakers: Paul Benzon, Temple Univ., Philadelphia; Samuel Cohen, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia; David Guyland Cowart, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia; Amy J. Elias, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; Jeffrey Severs, Univ. of British Columbia; Alison Shonkwiler, Rhode Island Coll.

Session Description:

September 2013 saw the publication of Bleeding Edge, a novel by Thomas Pynchon, set in New York City's tech start-up sector between the crash of the dot-com bubble in 2000 and the attacks of September 11th in 2001. Scholars of contemporary literature present a range of approaches and share their early reactions, impressions, and suggestions for interpreting this new text.


  • American Literature – Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

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