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Pynchon's New Worlds

International Pynchon Week 2017

La Rochelle, June 5-9, 2017


Doc, the Dude and Marlowe: Changing Masculinities from The Big Sleep to Inherent Vice
Sean Carswell

Scheduled in the Hôtel Fleuriau: Tuesday 6 June, from 15:00 to 15:30

Upon its release in 2009, several reviewers of Inherent Vice noted the similarities between the novel and both Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe novels and the Coen brothers’ film The Big Lebowski. Many of the reviewers unreflectively commented on Doc Sportello’s masculinity, criticizing Doc for not performing the hegemonic masculinity typical of detective novels. “Doc, The Dude, and Marlowe” employs Judith Butler’s notions of gender performativity as well as Christian Moraru’s examination of postmodern rewriting to explore the fluid constructions and performances of masculinity in The Long Goodbye, The Big Lebowski, and Inherent Vice.