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

Author: McDonald Jarom,Jarom McDonald

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415803039

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.
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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.
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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.
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James Merrill

knowing innocence

Author: Reena Sastri

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415955928

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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James Merrill: Knowing Innocence reevaluates the achievement of this important poet by showing how he takes up an old paradigm innocence and reinvents it in response to new historical, scientific, and cultural developments including the bomb, contemporary cosmology, and the question of agency. The book covers Merrills full career, emphasizing the late poetry, on which there remains little commentary. Illuminating both Merrills relation to a tradition of literary innocence from Milton to Blake and Wordsworth to Emerson and Stevens, and his relevance to contemporary cultural debates, the rubric of knowing innocence helps us to understand his achievement. Merrill undertakes a career-long effort to know innocence, and develops a thematic and stylistic attitude that is both innocent and knowing, combining attitudes of wonder and hope with reflexive wit, intellectual breadth, and an unflinching gaze at mortality. He ultimately imagines innocence as creative agency, a capacity for imagination, invention, andethical responsibility. The book demonstrates how, addressing questions of sexual identity, childhood and memory; atomic science, the big bang, and black holes; environmental degradation; AIDS; and the notion of the death of history while honoring poetrys essential qualities of freedom and play his poems perform cultural work crucial to his time and ours.
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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
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Author: Henry Robinson Luce

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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