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Robert Andrew Beuka

Bio: Robert Andrew Beuka is an academic researcher. The author has contributed to research in topics: Reading (process). The author has an hindex of 1, co-authored 1 publications receiving 83 citations.

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01 Jan 2004
TL;DR: This paper examined the representations of suburban life and landscape in fictional works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, John Updike, Ann Beattie, and Gloria Naylor, and in films by Frank Capra, Frank Perry, Mike Nichols, Bryan Forbes, and Reginald Hudlin.
Abstract: In the years following the end of World War Q, a new kind of landscape emerged in the United States, one that would immeasurably alter the way Americans think about place. Critics and commentators greeted the emergence of the environment we know as “suburbia” with a mixed reaction: for some, the suburbs represented the material embodiment of the “American Dream”: for others, architectural and environmental homogeneity marked the new suburbs as an alienating, even dangerous terrain. In the half-century since the onset of mass-suburbanization, the United States — which has, by now, become a primarily suburban nation — has continued to struggle with the image and cultural meanings of suburbia. Our vexed cultural relationship to the suburban landscape, evident even before the onset of postwar masssuburbanization, has characterized a small but compelling body of fictional and cinematic works set in the suburbs. This dissertation examines the representations of suburban life and landscape in fictional works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, John Updike, Ann Beattie, and Gloria Naylor, and in films by Frank Capra, Frank Perry, Mike Nichols, Bryan Forbes, and Reginald Hudlin. I argue that these writers and filmmakers self-consciously explore the dynamics of the suburban environment in their works, revealing the cultural aspirations and anxieties undergirding our relationship to suburbia as a lived environment and an idea(l). Their works present contrasting visions of the suburbs, reflecting America’s troubled and increasingly complex relationship to an environment that, ultimately, mirrors the fantasies and phobias of the culture at

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01 Jan 2013
Abstract: 富裕階級が集うニューヨーク郊外に豪邸をかまえ、夜な夜な金持ちや有名人を招待しての絢爛たるパーティを開く、謎につつまれた男ギャツビー。彼は、自分が貧しかったというだけで結ばれることのなかった恋人デイジーへの想いを今も断ち切れずにいるのだった。失われたものを取り戻したい、過去を築きなおしたいと願うギャツビーには、しかし悲劇的な最期が待ち受けているのだったが…。ジャズ・エイジの華やかさと虚栄を描き出したスコット・フィッツジェラルドの傑作The Great Gatsbyは、時代を超えて多くの人々の共感を呼び、20世紀文学にも大きな影響を与えた。

128 citations

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99 citations