Gun and the Pen by Keith Gandal
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Gun and the Pen
By Keith Gandal

The Gun and the Pen

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the Fiction of Mobilization

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Gun and the Pen by Keith Gandal

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Gandal contends that The Great Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises and The Sound and the Fury were all written by men who were greatly influenced by their shared frustration of not serving in the American military's colossal war effort. At the same time, these same authors also observed, among other startling developments, the Army's first egalitarian treatment of ethnic or hyphenated-Americans in regard to officer selection. The Great War mobilization shaped large-scale shifts in American life, including the meritocratic assignment of recruits to military rank based on intelligence testing, rather than Anglo-social and family background; an unprecedented military propaganda campaign aimed at fighting venereal disease and the redefinition of masculinity as chaste, chivalrous and athletic; the incarceration of tens of thousands of prostitutes as well as "promiscuous" women in an effort to police American female sexual behavior; and a dramatic but failed effort to ban sexual contact between American troops and French prostitutes. Mobilization Fiction involves a fundamental rethinking of these three novels, as well as other modernist postwar prose of the 1920s and 30s, in view of this essential history of the Great War mobilization.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195338911
ISBN-10: 019533891X
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 162mm x 20mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Class Representation in Modern Fiction and Film by Keith Gandal Class Representation in Modern Fiction and Film, Hardback (June 2007)

By the fascinating juxtaposition of films and the classic writings and unusual lives of Zora Neale Hurston, Stephen Crane, Henry Miller, and Michel Foucault, this work provides the reader with an understanding of the representation of poverty and class in American literature and film.

Virtues of the Vicious by Keith Gandal Virtues of the Vicious, Hardback (October 1997)

In this study, the author demonstrates how, in the last decade of the 19th century, the slum became a source of spectacle as never before - in newspapers, photographs and literature. With close readings of texts by Crane and Riis, he argues that this amounted to a revolution of ethics.

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Author Biography - Keith Gandal

Keith Gandal is professor of English at Northern Illinois University outside of Chicago. He is the author of The Virtues of the Vicious: Jacob Riis, Stephen Crane and the Spectacle of the Slum (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Class Representation in Modern Fiction and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He is also the author of a novel, Cleveland Anonymous (North Atlantic Books, 2002). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

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