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"And one fine morning" : Gatsby, Obama, and the resurection of hope

Hawkes, Lesley (2009) "And one fine morning" : Gatsby, Obama, and the resurection of hope. Social Alternatives, 28(3), pp. 20-24.

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Abstract

Hope is a word that has re-emerged in light of Obama's stunning win in the United States election. In this time of economic gloom and the reality of bleak recession and unprecedented job losses the United States has embraced the hopeful message of Barack Obama. For many years 'hope' has been a word that has been lost, forgotten , and banished to the margins of romantic longing and wishful thinking. Hope is also a word that has been much discussed in relation to the iconic The Great Gatsby but usually in a negative fashion to demonstrate the unattainability of the American dream. Marcella Taylor called Gatsby "the unfinished American Epic" which focused on the "passing of the last utopian frontier" and suggested the significance of this passing on American society as a whole. In the last months, however, hope has made a return and one gets the feeling that Fitzgerald's words "but that's no matter-to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . . And one fine morning' are once again being heard.

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ID Code: 30064
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: The Great Gatsby, American Literature, President Obama, Hope, Self
ISSN: 0155-0306
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Social Alternatives
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2010 07:55
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:13

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