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Twentieth-Century Classics and New Technologies of Legibility

Michael T. Gilmore

in Surface and Depth

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157765
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787784 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157765.003.0007
Twentieth-Century Classics and New Technologies of Legibility

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This chapter turns to the 20th century and weighs the response of three canonical novels to the new popularity of ocularcentrism. The texts are Wharton’s Summer, Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, all classics of early modernism. The three books, like their 19th-century precursors, flirt with linguistic and optical revelation. But in the end, they too renounce the imperial claims of the new technologies of visibility.

Keywords: Wharton; Summer; Fitzgerald; The Great Gatsby; Hemingway; The Sun Also Rises; ocularcentrism; technologies of visibility

Chapter.  15976 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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