College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in English (MA)
Matthew D. Towles
Beautiful, Damned, Fitzgerald, Jazz Age, Novel, Serial
English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America
Sweeney, Anna, "Comparing Cultural Context through New Historicism: The Impact of Form upon Content in the Serialized and Novelized Versions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned" (2018). Masters Theses. 496.
In this thesis, I analyzed the differences between the serialized portions and subsequent novelization of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned. To conduct this research, I studied the seven issues of Metropolitan magazine from September 1921 to March 1922 in which the serialized portions of The Beautiful and Damned were published, and read them against the novel. I found that the omissions and additions between the two modes of text, including the advertisements and illustrations present within the serialized portions, greatly altered the nuances and meanings of the finished novelized product. This project revealed that there is currently a void in this field and helps to supplement the lack of research on serialized fiction in the American 1920s.