Lesson 1
Maxwell Perkins And The "Vagueness" Of Gatsby
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Dimock, Wai Chee. AMST 246: HEMINGWAY, FITZGERALD, FAULKNER, Fall 2011. Open Yale Courses, http://oyc.yale.edu/american-studies/amst-246/lecture-4 Accessed 15/09/2014 License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license. Professor Wai Chee Dimock begins her discussion of The Great Gatsby by highlighting Fitzgerald’s experimental counter-realism, a quality that his editor Maxwell Perkins referred to as “vagueness.” She argues that his counter-realism comes from his animation of inanimate objects, giving human dimensions of motion and emotion to things as varied as lawns, ashes, juicers, telephones, and automobiles. She concludes with a short meditation on race in The Great Gatsby and encourages a closer reading of the novel’s instances of racial differentiation.

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