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The Lost Generation

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Catie Barr

on 31 March 2015

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Origins of the term: Garage mechanic says to Gertrude Stein: "You are all a lost generation."

Popularized by Hemingway's use in the epigraph of his book
The Sun Also Rises

in general, the post-World War I generation
specifically a group of U.S. writers who came of age during the war and established their literary reputations in the 1920s.
What Was the Lost Generation?
Who Were the Lost Generation Writers?
Where Were the Lost?
Paris clung to its reputation as the capital of bohemian culture
Host to a number of intersecting artistic cliques, including the Lost Generation writers
Either lived there as expatriates or traveled frequently
Why Were They Lost?
New technology magnified the effects of the war
37 million casualties
Pointless death on such a huge scale = disillusionment
What was it? Who were they? Why lost?
The Lost Generation
Themes of Lost Generation Writing
Decadence: ideals shattered =hedonism Lost Generation writers revealed the sordid nature of the shallow, frivolous lives of the young and independently wealthy in the aftermath of the war

Themes of Lost Generation Writing
Gender Roles and Impotence:
war not glamorous calling for a young man = a serious blow to traditional gender roles and images of masculinity

Brett, "The Sun Also Rises"
Themes of Lost Generation Writing
Idealized Past: Rather than face the horrors of warfare, create an idealized but unattainable image of the past, a glossy image with no bearing in reality.

Gatsby's idealization of Daisy
avant-garde American writer, Paris home was a salon for the leading artists and writers between World Wars I and II,
especially the Lost Generation

Gertrude Stein:
Who Were the Lost Generation Writers?
Ernest Hemingway:
a leader of the Lost Generation
noted both for the intense masculinity of writing and for widely publicized life
Who Were the Lost Generation Writers?
F. Scott Fitzgerald:
"This Side of Paradise" captures a mood of the generation: "all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken."
"The Great Gatsby" captures the hedonistic spirit of the Jazz Age
Who Were the Lost Generation Writers?
John Dos Passos:
U.S.A. trilogy
E.E. Cummings
Archibald MacLeish
Hart Crane
T. S. Eliot: poetry, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Ezra Pound
Why Were They Lost?
Lost faith in traditional values like courage, patriotism, and masculinity
no longer relevant in the postwar world

Became aimless, reckless, and focused on material wealth, unable to believe in abstract ideals.

Did not agree with “back to normalcy” policy
considered hopelessly provincial, materialistic, and emotionally barren

gave rise to the Roaring '20s, with its gangsters, speakeasies and hedonism
ended with Great Depression
Famous Lost Generation Literature
This Side of Paradise
, Fitzgerald
The Sun Also Rises
, Hemingway
The Great Gatsby
, Fitzgerald
A Moveable Feast
, Hemingway

Era ended with Fitzgerald’s
Tender Is the Night
(1934) and Dos Passos’
The Big Money
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Inspire. University of Oxford, n.d. Web. 18
Mar. 2015. <http://writersinspire.org/content/lost-generation>.

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