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Pynchon's New Worlds

International Pynchon Week 2017

La Rochelle, June 5-9, 2017


Noah Toyonaga
Stanford University (Stanford)

Noah Toyonaga is an undergraduate at Stanford University pursuing dual degrees in Comparative Literature and Physics.

While his studies have allowed him to explore both the elegance of world representation through math and world understanding through word, he has found the ideological dissonance between the subjects which he studies perhaps even more enlightening. It is the liminal (and therefore academically unacceptable) realms of thought which necessarily breach the self-coherent limits of “field” which he finds most fascinating.

He is currently writing an Honors Thesis in Comparative Literature on the relation between desire, narrative, and technology in Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

He is also writing an Honors thesis in Physics on the application of machine learning to microscopy problems in biophysics.

This presentation is part of the panel REAL AND NARRATED WORLDS II with Lucille Hagège | Gary Thompson | Noah Toyonaga and scheduled in the Hôtel Fleuriau: Wednesday 7 June, from 10:45 to 12:15, chaired by Luc Herman.