Modern Lives: A Cultural Re-Reading of The Lost Gerneration

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Modern Lives traces the development of the idea of "the lost generation" and reinterprets it in light of more recent versions of the American 1920s. Employing a wide range of historical, literary, and cultural theory, Marc Dolan focuses on American versions of "the lost generation," particularly as they emerged in the autobiographical writings of the generation's supposed "members." By examining the narrative and discursive forms that Ernest Hemingway, Malcolm Cowley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others imposed on ...
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Modern Lives traces the development of the idea of "the lost generation" and reinterprets it in light of more recent versions of the American 1920s. Employing a wide range of historical, literary, and cultural theory, Marc Dolan focuses on American versions of "the lost generation," particularly as they emerged in the autobiographical writings of the generation's supposed "members." By examining the narrative and discursive forms that Ernest Hemingway, Malcolm Cowley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others imposed on the raw data of their lives, Dolan draws out the subtle relationships between personal and historical narratives of the early twentieth century, as well as the ways in which the mediating notion of a distinct "generation" allowed those authors to pass back and forth between "the personal" and "the historical." Written with the general Americanist rather than the theoretical specialist in mind, Modern Lives opens out the concept of "the lost generation" to reveal the clashing formulations of "self," "society," "nation," and "culture" that were contained within that concept and that continue to influence personal and national self-conceptions in America right down to the present day.
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Traces the interaction of philosophical and theological ideas and attitudes with the conception and practice of music, from the earliest foundations laid by the ancient Greek philosophical systems to the present. Faulkner (music, U. of Nebraska-Lincoln) addresses in detail the question of why the church was able to contribute so generously to music from its earliest days up through the 18th century and why it has suffered since then from what the author terms "a creeping artistic paralysis." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557530806
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "The Lost Generation" Reconsidered 1
Ch. 1 "The Lost Generation" and "Modern Life": Myth and Discourse for an American 1920s 9
Ch. 2 Becoming an Artist: Modern(ist) Life and A Moveable Feast 49
Ch. 3 Becoming an American: Modern(ized) Life and Exile's Return 87
Ch. 4 Becoming a Personality: Modern Life and the Two Crack-Ups 117
Ch. 5 The Lost Generation and Modern America: A Passage from the American 1920s 155
Notes 187
Selected Bibliography 217
Index 235
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