James Gourley is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Western Sydney University where he is a member of its Writing and Society Research Centre. His research addresses 20th and 21st century literature. James is currently researching the literature produced in Australia as a consequence of its historical medical epidemics.
All essays by James Gourley
Australia’s Plague Archive
‘The plague archive that interests me most combines the factual and the fictional, the historical and the contemporary. Reading the stories of Australia’s early twentieth-century plague outbreak gives us insight into the emotional experience of an epidemic. Further, reading the plague archive in the contemporary moment shows that the emotional consequences of an epidemic do not stop with the abeyance of the disease. The impact of the epidemic continues, and is reworked and understood in new ways as the archive is reread.’
by Thomas Pynchon
Published September, 2013
In the ruins of the future: Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
There is a certain similarity of reaction, so the story goes, to a new Thomas Pynchon novel. Each generates a sense of anticipation; we ask ourselves whether the new Pynchon will approximate the mind-shattering impact that Gravity’s Rainbow had on readers and critics alike.