At a Loss: The Postmodern Quests in Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers”

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Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies – Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Potsdam, course: HS: From Poe to Akunin: Highlights of the international Mystery Story in literature and film, language: English, abstract: This paper is building up on postmodern patterns of fragmentation, loneliness and disorientation. The Quest is a central storytelling technique – in times where traditional ways of living and social constellations fade and the grand narratives have lost their guiding functions, people have to “mind-map” their own routes through a fagmentary world. The paper establishes the quest form in the 1966 book by Pynchon and draws lines of tradition to Jarmusch’s 2005 Browken Flowers.

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