The Jazz Age: A Historical Exploration of Literature, 1st Edition

  • Linda De Roche
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  • ISBN-10: 1610696689
  • ISBN-13: 9781610696685
  • DDC: 810.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 264 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released August 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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This one-stop reference to the "Jazz Age"—the period that began after the First World War and ended with the stock market crash of 1929—digs into the cultural, historical, and literary contexts of the era. Author Linda De Roche examines the writing of the time to look beyond the common conceptions of the Roaring Twenties and instead reflect on the era's complexities and contradictions, including how gender and race influenced social mores. The book profiles key American literature of the time, including F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Sinclair Lewis's Babbit, Anita Loos's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Nella Larsen's Passing. Filled with essays that offer historical explorations of each work as well as suggested learning activities, chapters also feature study questions, primary source documents, and chronologies. Support materials include activities, lesson plans, discussion questions, topics for further research, and suggested readings.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Introduction: The Jazz Age and the Culture of Change.
Chronology of the Jazz Age.
Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis, 1922).
1: Synopsis of Babbitt.
2: Historical Background: Babbitt and the Perils of Progress and Prosperity.
3: About Sinclair Lewis: The Man Who Defined Babbittry.
4: Why We Read Babbitt.
5: Historical Explorations of Babbitt.
6: Suggested Readings.
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925).
7: Synopsis of The Great Gatsby.
8: Historical Background: The Great Gatsby and the Culture of Contradiction.
9: About F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Man Who Wrote the Jazz Age.
10: Why We Read The Great Gatsby.
11: Historical Explorations of The Great Gatsby.
12: Suggested Readings.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Anita Loos, 1925).
13: Synopsis of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
14: Historical Background: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the Gender Politics of the Jazz Age.
15: About Anita Loos: A Life in Words and (Motion) Pictures.
16: Why We Read Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
17: Historical Explorations of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
18: Suggested Readings.
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway, 1926).
19: Synopsis of The Sun Also Rises.
20: Historical Background: Hemingway, Paris, and the Modern Moment.
21: About Ernest Hemingway: The Man Who Wrote the Lost Generation.
22: Why We Read The Sun Also Rises.
23: Historical Explorations of The Sun Also Rises.
24: Suggested Readings.
Passing (Nella Larsen, 1929).
25: Synopsis of Passing.
26: Historical Background: Passing and the Harlem Renaissance.
27: About Nella Larsen: A Life on the Color Line.
28: Why We Read Passing.
29: Historical Explorations of Passing.
30: Suggested Readings.
About the Author.