|Swarthmore / English 52B
Gravity's Rainbow / Reading Notes 3-4 [for third & fourth weeks]
|Oct. 24: read GR Part III, sections 11-32 (pp. 403-627).
Give special emphasis to:
14-15 eros and thanatos: an orgy on the good ship Anubis
25 on lost lemmings and Slothrops Puritan ancestors
|Oct. 31 (Halloween!): Part Four (finish GR) 12 episodes
We learn the fates of most of the major characters.... sort of....
1 Slothrop as Orpheus and as blues harmonica player, among other avatars. He finds the "harp" he lost down the Roseland Ballroom toilet!
4 Katje and Enzian discuss Weissmann/Blicero, Slothrop, & other topics
6 [Slothrop fragments but also becomes legendary], 12
Other especially important episodes in GR 4:
#3 Skippy, Mister Information, and Happyville, then the famous Byron the Bulb parable (about feedback, control, and cooptation?)
#8 (all) and 12 (Orpheus Puts Down Harp): consider for a last time the role of comedy/farce in GR
On Weissmann/Blicero and the angel of death:
|Other sections in #12 of special interest: