pISSN: 1598-3293

영어영문학연구, Vol.63 no.1 (2021)
pp.41~70

DOI : 10.18853/jjell.2021.63.1.003

토머스 핀천의 『49호 품목의 경매』 : 정보이론과 문학의 교차

송은주

(이화여자대학교)

This thesis aims to explore the relationship of information theory and literary criticism through analysis of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49. It doesn’t only reflect uncertainty and indeterminacy of information that pervaded in the era of information and Postmodernism, but also interacts with scientific theories and suggests the possibility to overcome their limitations. Edipa Maas’s quest for the truth of Trystero, is to reveal some hidden meanings and give order to Pierce Inverarity’s inheritance. However, as her quest proceeds, she is overwhelmed by more and more information. According to Claude Shannon’s information theory, it is inevitable that noise increases in transmission. But he suggests that noise could be a source of information because the amount of information increases in proportion to degree of uncertainty. However, the problem of information theory is that Shannon ignores materiality of information by separating information from context and meaning for efficiency of transmission. Pynchon’s novel is fundamentally based on human lifeworld and concrete and physical experiences. Therefore, it can show Edipa’s potential as an informational subject to constitute information in relation to her environment.
  정보이론, 포스트모더니즘, 엔트로피, 노이즈, 물질성

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