The legacy of romantic love in The great Gatsby and The sun also rises

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Claudine Antonin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Stephens

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to study The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises in the light of Denis de Rougemont's conception of Courtly Love, showing how the two novels manifest the persistency of the Tristan Myth, as well as the process of degradation it has undergone. Both works are closely related, in time, in theme and in narrative technique. Both are a critique of Romanticism and refer constantly to the Courtly tradition. Very few critics, however, have made a connection between them, and no parallel study of the Romantic theme has yet been done. Using a close reading of the texts and available critical commentary, this paper points out the numerous affinities between the Courtly Myth and Hemingway's and Fitzgerald's characters, their relationships and their worlds. Finally I discuss the main reasons for the failure of the Myth in its modern context.

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Language: English
Date: 1970
Fitzgerald, F. Scott $q (Francis Scott), $d 1896-1940 $x Criticism and interpretation
Fitzgerald, F. Scott $q (Francis Scott), $d 1896-1940. $t Great Gatsby
Hemingway, Ernest, $d 1899-1961 $x Criticism and interpretation
Hemingway, Ernest, $d 1899-1961. $t Sun also rises
Love in literature

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