The Hothouse or the Street: Imperialism and Narrative in Pynchon's V.

  title={The Hothouse or the Street: Imperialism and Narrative in Pynchon's V.},
  author={Ronald W. Cooley},
  journal={MFS Modern Fiction Studies},
  pages={307 - 325}
  • R. Cooley
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Art
  • MFS Modern Fiction Studies
The connection between the conventions of narrative fiction and the history of European imperialism has become something of a commonplace, if still controversial topic in recent years. As Reinhardt Kuesgen observes, there is "a fundamental problem of the concept, the function and the adequacy of the novel as a major Western genre in Africa and other non-European countries" (27). Much of this discussion surrounds the degree to which both "popular" and "canonical" novels (among English novels… 
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