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[Past Event] Tackling the Tough Ones Together: Thomas Pynchon | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

Reading Thomas Pynchon, arguably the premier American postmodern novelist, requires you to read with attention to streams of consciousness, sudden shifts in time and place, long sentences, extraordinary non sequiturs, and numerous characters. This may sound like hard work, but Pynchon is a hilarious writer; reading him for the comedy and irreverence alone is thoroughly worthwhile. We'll read two books: "Vineland" (1990) and "Inherent Vice" (2009). "Vineland" takes us to Northern California in 1984 from where we'll watch an optimistic bohemian community bemoan the existence of Ronald Reagan's hold over the American people. "Inherent Vice" explores Southern California through a fog of marijuana exhaled frequently by our main character and detective, Doc Sportello. Thomas Pynchon wanted 60s radicalism to work; he wanted it to change the world, and the two books in this course explore the ways in which that decade's dreams and dreamers succeeded and failed.


Tuition: $60.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Fridays, Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19 *10:00am - noon* (6 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Renée Curry, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita in the School of Humanities and Communication at Cal State Monterey Bay.