A note from Bob Denham:
According to Robert Murray Davis, Thomas Pynchon took Vladimir Nabokov’s course in the novel at Cornell and somehow discovered what Northrop Frye called “Menippean Satire,” a work based on the root meaning of satire, “satura,” medley, mixture. [“When Was Post-Modernism?” World Literature Today 75, no. 2 (Spring 2001): 295-8.]
Frye also cites Pynchon in a discussion about paranoia in Creation and Recreation.