Monday, February 22, 2010

1920: This Side of Paradise to Kristin Lavransdatter

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

F Scott Fitzgerald. American. 1920. Novel. This Side of Paradise. Honest and detailed description of the Jazz Age. Shallow, purposeless Princeton student. Fights in WWI, begins career in advertising—cynical, war weary, regretful. Not yet 30 years old. Record of “Lost Generation” in its college days.

DH Lawrence. British. 1920. Novel. Women in Love. Sequel to The Rainbow. Gudrun and husband = possessive, destructive relationship. Ursula and husband = ideal sensual union. Lawrence says the modern man allows passionate, true self to be imprisoned by intellect. Need good, passionate marriage in which lovers recognize each other’s true separateness. Minimum of plot and great deal of philosophical discussion.

Willa Cather. American. 1920. Stories. Youth and the Bright Medusa. Theme of artistic sensibility and talent. Includes “Paul’s Case.”

Sigrid Undset. Norwegian. 1920/22. Novel. Kristin Lavransdatter Devout woman’s life in Catholic Norway in 13th and 14th centuries. Trilogy.

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