Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity

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In this highly readable book, J. Gerald Kennedy explores the imaginative process of five expatriate Americans-Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Djuna Barnes-by showing how the experience of living in Paris shaped their careers and literary works. In a sensitive and lucid manner, Kennedy discusses the inner map of Paris each of these authors reconstructed out of their various struggles to accommodate themselves to a complex, foreign scene; to construct an expatriate self; or ...
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In this highly readable book, J. Gerald Kennedy explores the imaginative process of five expatriate Americans-Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Djuna Barnes-by showing how the experience of living in Paris shaped their careers and literary works. In a sensitive and lucid manner, Kennedy discusses the inner map of Paris each of these authors reconstructed out of their various struggles to accommodate themselves to a complex, foreign scene; to construct an expatriate self; or to understand the contradictions of American identity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300057478
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/1993
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
Ch. 1 Place, Self, and Writing: Toward a Poetics of Exile 1
Ch. 2 The Outside and the Inside of Stein's Paris 38
Ch. 3 City of Danger: Hemingway's Paris 79
Ch. 4 The Secret Paris of Henry Miller 142
Ch. 5 Modernism as Exile: Fitzgerald, Barnes, and the Unreal City 185
Notes 243
Index 263
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