The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Money and Things: Capitalist Realism, Anxiety, and Social Critique in Works by Hemingway, Wharton, and Fitzgerald

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Godden, Richard. “Money and Things: Capitalist Realism, Anxiety, and Social Critique in Works by Hemingway, Wharton, and Fitzgerald.” In A Companion to the Modern American Novel, 1900-1950, edited by John T. Matthews, 181-201. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Annotation

Considers “Big Two-Hearted River,” The Age of Innocence (1920), and The Great Gatsby (1925) within an economic framework, contending that applying a consumerist lens to Hemingway’s work undermines his ethic of writing in concrete terms by abstracting what was once natural and real. Connects the three texts by locating Hemingway’s trout, Wharton’s Worth dresses, and Fitzgerald’s portrayal of Gatsby’s smile as commoditized objects, and discusses the temporal manipulation of these items as “goods in a shop window.”

Published in

A Companion to the Modern American Novel, 1900-1950

Date

2009

Pages

181-201

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