Fitzgerald and the Influence of Film

The Language of Cinema in the Novels

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About the Book

This work explores the many ways in which the developing film industry of the early twentieth century influenced the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald, focusing specifically on his novels This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, and the incomplete The Last Tycoon. The Beautiful and the Damned is also discussed briefly. Early chapters examine Fitzgerald’s literary adaptation of visual film techniques (pans, freeze frames, slow motion) and aural cinematic concepts (sound effects, diegetic sound) within his most popular novels. The final chapter summarizes the effect such techniques had in augmenting and defining Fitzgerald’s unique literary style.

About the Author(s)

Gautam Kundu is an associate professor of English in the Department of Literature & Philosophy at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Gautam Kundu
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 203
Bibliographic Info: glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3134-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction      1

1. Literature and Film      11
2. Cinematic Visualization in the Novels      28
3. Manipulation of Time and Space and Narrative Order: Editing Techniques in Cinema and Their Literary Analogues      55
4. Fitzgerald’s Cinematic Use of Sound      81
5. Other Cinematic Techniques in the Novels      114

Conclusion      139
Glossary of Film Terms      153
Notes      157
Bibliography      173
Index      185

Book Reviews & Awards

“There is much to recommend this book”—The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review.