Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude posit reading strategies linked by similar methodologies and complementary conclusions. The exposition in the following chapters examines the novels' methodologies on three levels---the utilization of historical background, the Principle of Uncertainty, and apocalyptic endings---to establish a basis for the novels' shared perspective on narrative and, by default, approaches to engaging narrative. This thesis argues that the novels demonstrate that as uncertainty increases within narrative the potential for meaning increases, and the converse---as uncertainty decreases, the potential for meaning decreases. The resultant apocalyptic endings of the novels depict the opposing extremes and the requisite failure of both. Finally, this thesis will demonstrate that through metaphor connecting these failed attempts to reading narrative, both novels show reading to be a dynamic act in which one must negotiate the compass of uncertainty to reach not necessarily meaning, but rather the potential for meaning.... that what little surety (perhaps surety is too strong a word) can be gleaned from one stage of critical analysis is nearly ... about narrative, to fall back on, how does one approach The Crying of Lot 49 and One Hundred Years of Solitude?
|Title||:||Ambiguity and Apocalypse: Metafictional Reading Strategies in "The Crying of Lot 49" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude".|
|Author||:||David Charles Foltz|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2009|