PLOTTING THE STRUCTURE OF A CONSPIRACY:

AN ANALYSIS OF THE SIGNS IN THOMAS PYNCHON'S

'The Crying of Lot 49'



by Benilda A. Castro



A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and Comparative Literature

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in English Studies: Language
College of Arts and Letters University of the Philippines, Diliman.

October, 1997




Table Of Contents

Title Page

Abstract

About the Author

Acknowledgments

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    • Background of the Study
    • Objective
    • Scope and Delimitation
    • Definition of Terms
    • Methods and Procedure
  2. Review of Related Literature
    • Survey of Materials on Semiotics
    • Survey of Criticism on Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49
  3. Theoretical Framework
    • Semiotics: Generalities
      • Semiotics, Semiology, Semiosis
      • Levels of Semiosis
      • The Study of Signs
          • Oppositional Schools of Thought
          • The Saussurean School of Dyadic Differences
          • The Peircean School of Triadic Thought
            • Current Interests in Semiotics
            • Eco, Umberto
            • Merrell, Floyd
            • Spinks, C.W.
  4. Analyzing Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49
    • An Analysis of the Signs
      • Sorting out the sound from the noise
      • Appellation
      • Repetition
      • Entropy in the U.S.
      • Digital and Analog
      • Symptoms of Triadomania
  5. Plotting the Structure of a Conspiracy
  6. Conclusion Bibliography

    Works Consulted But Not Cited

    Appendices

    Biographical notes by Jules Siegel

    Pictures

    1. Thomas Pynchon's nonreclusive days
    2. Remedios Varo's "Bordando el Manto Terrestre"

    Works Cited

    Bibliography


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