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Sports, Narrative, and Nation in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sports, Narrative, and Nation in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Author: McDonald Jarom,Jarom McDonald
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 0415803039
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 8
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This study examines the ways that F. Scott Fitzgerald portrayed organized spectator sports as working to help structure ideologies of class, community, and nationhood. Situating the study in the landscape of late nineteenth/early twentieth-century American sport culture, Chapter One shows how narratives of attending ballgames, reading or listening to sports media, and being a 'fan,' cultivate communities of spectatorship. Adopting this same framework, the next three chapters explore how Fitzgerald's literary representations of sport culture express the complexities of American society. Chapter Two specifically considers the 'intense and dramatic spectacle' of college football in 'This Side of Paradise' as a means of exploring links between spectatorship, emulation and ideology. Chapter Three continues with college football as its theme, but this time looks at how it is portrayed in Fitzgerald's short stories, in order to scrutinize the relationship between the performative aspects of sport and the performative aspects of social class. Finally, Chapter Four scrutinizes how The Great Gatsby critiques the romantic nationalist ideology of 'America's game' by revealing the class divisions and tensions of baseball's spectator culture.

Narrative Conventions and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Narrative Conventions and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison

  • Author: Jennifer Lee Jordan Heinert
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0415961483
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 113
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This study analyzes the relationship between race and genre in four of Toni Morrison's novels: The Bluest Eye, Tar Baby, Jazz, and Beloved. Heinert argues how Morrison's novels revise conventional generic forms such as bildungsroman, folktales, slave narratives, and the formal realism of the novel itself. This study goes beyond formalist analyses to show how these revisions expose the relationship between race, conventional generic forms, and the dominant culture. Morrison's revisions critique the conventional roles of African Americans as subjects of and in the genre of the novel, and (re)write roles which instead privilege their subjectivity. This study provides readers with new ways of understanding Morrison's novels. Whereas critics often fault Morrison for breaking with traditional forms and resisting resolution in her novels, this analysis show how Morrison's revisions shift the narrative truth of the novel from its representation in conventional forms to its interpretation by the readers, who are responsible for constructing their own resolution or version of narrative truth. These revisions expose how the dominant culture has privileged specific forms of narration; in turn, these forms privilege the values of the dominant culture. Morrison's novels attempt to undermine this privilege and rewrite the canon of American literature.

The Environmental Unconscious in the Fiction of Don DeLillo

The Environmental Unconscious in the Fiction of Don DeLillo

  • Author: Elise Martucci
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135861013
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 202
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This book presents an ecocritical reading of DeLillo’s novels in an attempt to mediate between the seemingly incompatible influences of postmodernism and environmentalism. Martucci argues that although DeLillo is responding to and engaging with a postmodern culture of simulacra and simulation, his novels do not reflect a postmodernist theory of the "end of nature." Rather, his fiction emphasizes the lasting significance of the natural world and alerts us to the dangers of destroying it. In order to support this argument, Martucci examines DeLillo’s novels in the context of traditional American literary representations of the environment, especially through the lens of Leo Marx’s discussion of the conflict between technology and nature found in traditional American literature. She demonstrate that DeLillo’s fiction explores the way in which new technologies alter perceptions and mediate reality to a further extent than earlier technologies; however, she argues that he keeps the material world at the forefront of his novels, thereby illuminating the environmental implications of these technologies. Through close readings of Americana, The Names, White Noise, and Underworld, and discussions of postmodernist and ecocritical theories, this project engages with current criticism of DeLillo, postmodernist fiction, and environmental criticism.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature

  • Author: Modern Humanities Research Association
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: English language
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Includes both books and articles.

Henry Miller and Religion

Henry Miller and Religion

  • Author: Thomas Nesbit
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 163
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This study argues that this previously banned author devoted his entire life to articulating a religion of self-liberation in his autobiographical books, examining his life and work within the context of fringe religious movements that were linked with the avant-garde in New York City and Paris at the first of the 20thcentury. This study shows how these transatlantic movements – including Gurdjieff, Rosicrucianism, and Theosophy – gave him the hermeneutical devices, not to mention the creative license, to interpret texts and symbols from mainline religions in an iconoclastic manner, ranging from obscure Taoist treatises to the mystical works of Jacob Boehme. The influence of numerous philosophical sources widely circulated in his most critical years – particularly Henri Bergson’s Two Sources of Morality and Religion(1932) – also helped him develop a religious view situated between transcendence and immanence, in which self-liberation through the channeled flow of élan vital is the chief objective. Miller’s knowledge of these intellectual currents, along with his involvement with sidestream religious groups, inspired him to meld his religious and literary aims into one perplexing project.

Upon Further Review

Upon Further Review

Sports in American Literature

  • Author: Michael Cocchiarale,Scott Emmert
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780275980504
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 219
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Examines the ways in which American fiction writers and poets have used sports figures and sporting events in order to comment on issues of race, gender, class, and nationality

Books in Series in the United States

Books in Series in the United States

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  • Category: Children's literature in series
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The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times Book Review

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  • Category: Books
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Directory of American scholars

Directory of American scholars

a biographical directory

  • Author: Jaques Cattell
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Scholars
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Who's who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets

Who's who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets

  • Author: Curt Johnson
  • Publisher: December Pr
  • ISBN: 9780913204214
  • Category: Authors
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