F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context

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The fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald serves as a compelling and incisive chronicle of the Jazz Age and Depression Era. This collection explores the degree to which Fitzgerald was in tune with, and keenly observant of, the social, historical and cultural contexts of the 1920s and 1930s. Original essays from forty international scholars survey a wide range of critical and biographical scholarship published on Fitzgerald, examining how it has evolved in relation to critical and cultural trends. The essays also reveal the micro-contexts that have particular relevance for Fitzgerald's work - from the literary traditions of naturalism, realism and high modernism to the emergence of youth culture and prohibition, early twentieth-century fashion, architecture and design, and Hollywood - underscoring the full extent to which Fitzgerald internalized the world around him.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 9 b/w illus.
  • 1139603264
  • 9781139603263

About Bryant Mangum

Bryant Mangum is Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context, he is the editor of Modern Library's The Best Early Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is also author of A Fortune Yet: Money in the Art of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Short Stories. His essays have appeared in Resources for American Literary Study, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, the Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual, The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald, New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories, and many other books and journals.show more

Table of contents

List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; List of abbreviations; Preface; Chronology Gretchen Comba; Part I. Life and Works (1896-Present): 1. Biography Cathy Barks; 2. Interpreting Fitzgerald's ledger James L. W. West, III; 3. Letters Bryant Mangum; 4. Literary style Kirk Curnutt; 5. Literary influences William Blazek; 6. Intellectual influences Ronald Berman; 7. Contemporary critical reception Jackson R. Bryer; 8. The Fitzgerald revival Ruth Prigozy; Part II. An Author's Formation (1896-1920): 9. Buffalo and Syracuse, New York Joel Kabot; 10. St Paul, Minnesota, St Paul Academy, and St Paul Academy now and then Deborah Davis Schlacks; 11. A Catholic boyhood: Newman School and The Newman News, and Monsignor Cyril Sigourney Webster Fay Pearl James; 12. Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University, and The Nassau Literary Magazine Edward Gillin; 13. World War I James H. Meredith; 14. Marriage to Zelda Sayre Linda Wagner-Martin; 15. Fitzgerald's southern narrative: the Tarleton, Georgia stories Bryant Mangum; Part III. Jazz Age Literary and Artistic Movements (1918-29): 16. American literary realism James Nagel; 17. Naturalism and high modernism Michael Nowlin; 18. Avant-garde trends Linda Patterson Miller; Part IV. Historical and Social Contexts in the Jazz Age (1918-29): 19. Prohibition Linda De Roche; 20. Class structure Peter Hays; 21. Ethnic stereotyping Suzanne del Gizzo; 22. Gender in the Jazz Age Heidi M. Kunz; 23. Post-war flappers Kate Drowne; 24. Youth culture Jarom McDonald; 25. American expatriates in France Elisabeth Bouzonviller; Part V. Popular and Material Culture in the Jazz Age (1918-29): 26. Popular literary tastes Philip McGowan; 27. Magazines Robert Beuka; 28. Broadway melodies Anthony J. Berret; 29. Stage and screen entertainment Walter Raubicheck and Steven Goldleaf; 30. Consumer culture and advertising Lauren Rule Maxwell; 31. Fashion Doni M. Wilson; 32. Transportation Deborah Clarke; 33. Parties Christopher Ames; 34. Architecture and design Bonnie Shannon McMullen; Part VI. The Depression Era (1929-40): 35. The Crash and the aftermath Richard Godden; 36. The Great Depression Michael K. Glenday; 37. The writer in Hollywood Richard Fine; 38. The Golden Age of Hollywood Laura Rattray; 39. Hollywood and the gossip columnists Gail D. Sinclair; 40. Heroes and Hollywood Robert Sklar; Further reading.show more

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'Bryant Mangum's F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context is the kind of collection we need. Throughout, it reads smoothly and effectively like a literary-cultural biography; its focused, topical essays cover myriad aspects of Fitzgerald's life, work, and times ... any student or teacher-scholar looking to do serious work on Fitzgerald should read this book. ... [It] is both rich and versatile ...' The Fitzgerald Review 'Meticulous and impressively broad in scope and context, this collection offers informative yet entertaining insight into virtually every aspect of Fitzgerald's life, work, development and influences ...These essays should be required reading for seminar classes featuring Fitzgerald. For that matter, anyone interested in Fitzgerald would do well to read the book in its entirely or choose at random from the interesting offerings ... Highly recommended. All readers.' Choiceshow more

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