Gravity's Rainbow at 50 - a Semicentennial Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2022
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Gravity's Rainbow Semicentennial
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Gravity's Rainbow at 50 - a Semicentennial Symposium

February 11th, 2023 via Zoom

10am-5pm EST


Viking Press published Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow on February 28th, 1973. Critics, literary scholars, and other readers have recognized Gravity’s Rainbow as one of the greatest American novels. As its 50th-anniversary approaches, its style, encyclopedic subject matter, and influence remain relevant.

This online one-day symposium, taking place over Zoom on February 11th, 2023, will celebrate different dimensions of the novel and its influence from various disciplinary perspectives. We welcome submissions from a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches.

We encourage proposals from all readers, including those outside of academia. Abstracts should specify the presenter's methodological and theoretical approach, summarize conclusions, and specify the broader implications of the research. 

Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words for individual 20-minute papers. Include the author's contact information and a brief bio. Send materials to by November 1st, 2022. 


Potential topics include (but are not limited to) Gravity’s Rainbow and…

-       Postmodernism

-       Affect Studies

-       Race and Ethnicity

-       Gender and Sexuality

-       Publishing History

-       Cultural Influence

-       Politics

-       Digital Cultures