F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby: Essays * Articles * Reviews / Edition 1

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Overview

More critical writing exists on The Great Gatsby than on any other work of American fiction. This Columbia Critical Guide introduces and contextualizes the key critical debates surrounding Fitzgerald's novel. The extracts and essays included here reflect The Great Gatsby's place as one of the first American novels to make significant use of modernist techniques and explore the influence of this "Lost Generation" work on later American writings. In considering secondary sources from the twenties to the present, this smart and sophisticated study guide offers readers an invaluable resource on this complex rendering of a moment in American history.

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Traces the evolving criticism of the 1925 novel from its first reception to the 1990s, and excerpts substantially from what Tredell considers the best that has been said and thought about it. The chapters are arranged chronologically to show the changing climate and concerns through the decades. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231115353
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/1999
  • Series: Columbia Critical Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 881,758
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicolas Tredell teaches at the University of Sussex.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Ch. 1 The Road from West Egg: Early Reviews to Posthumous Revival, 1925-49 11
Ch. 2 Dream, Time and Craft: Interpreting Gatsby in the 1950s 51
Ch. 3 Precision Lenses and New Optics: Deeper Visions and Dissenting Views in the 1960s 73
Ch. 4 History, Herstory and Other Stories: From Political Gatsby to Gay Gatsby in the 1970s 104
Ch. 5 New Roads to West Egg - Brecht, Bakhtin and Baudrillard at Gatsby's party: postmodernism, popular culture and gender in Gatsby criticism in the 1980s and 1990s 136
Bibliography 167
Notes 175
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