Cary Long

Date of Award


First Advisor

Rebecca Fiske

Second Advisor

Bernard Rodgers


This essay endeavors foremost to examine the remarkable political potential of the historical novel as a genre. By reflecting the work of such theorists as Walter Benjamin and Marx on Thomas Pynchon’s seminal historical novel Gravity’s Rainbow, such potential as previously mentioned on the part of the more general genre occupied by Pynchon’s piece can come to light. Indeed, Gravity’s Rainbow appears in this analysis to be an exemplar of the potential for the postmodern historical novel and to exceed previously set boundaries pertaining to the definition of literature itself.

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