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Title

Love Goddess

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Girgus, Samuel B. “Love Goddess.” In Desire and the Political Unconscious in American Literature: Eros and Ideology, 180-223. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990.

Annotation

Psychoanalytic study of the alienation, fragmentation, and disillusionment permeating the modern age through an examination of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925) and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. Reads the former as a doomed search for love and psychic wholeness, arguing that Jake’s wound serves as an “emblem of how desire and dependence certify the fragility and weakness of the human condition.” Discusses Jake, Brett, and Cohn’s failure to cope in a modern world where desire equals defeat and destruction. Girgus closes with an exploration of the numerous forces threatening Frederic and Catherine’s relationship, including their instinctual desire to destroy, an awareness of and fear of death, and mutual dependence on each other leading to vulnerability and division.

Published in

Desire and the Political Unconscious in American Literature: Eros and Ideology

Date

1990

Pages

180-223

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