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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.
Columbia University Press
|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|