Borrowed Time and Millennial Rupture: An Analysis of Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge

Dana Meghan Pye

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is an analysis of the novel Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon. I use five key philosophical/analytical ideas to analyze the narrative: temporality, being, reality, void, and event. Through analyzing this narrative, I seek the larger cultural implications for what Pynchon has to say about the time, reality, and the capitalist/consumerist apparatus, in particular its production of the Event, and the non-being or void of virtual world DeepArcher (a pun on 'departure'). I argue that the capitalist apparatus seeks to instill drives which are simultaneously constitutive of, and have effect upon, individual and collective experiences of time and being.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2014
VejlederePrem Poddar


  • Pynchon
  • virtual reality
  • void
  • event
  • Bleeding Edge
  • ontology