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An analysis of Sinclair Lewis' satire in the twenties

Abstract : The subject of the present dissertation is the analysis or Sinclair Lewis' five major novels of the twenties: Mainstreet (1920), Babbitt (1922), Arrowsmith (1925), Elmer Gantry (1927), and Dodsworth (1929). The opening pages are devoted to a succinct presentation of the U.S.A. in this decade, in order to provide a general idea of the period and to place Lewis within a special literary tradition. Then we move to the core of the study which aims at analyzing and commenting on the characters and aspects of American life that Lewis chooses as his favorite largest. We also remark UN his levels of satire, by classifying the culprits according to their levels of villainy. a further part is allotted to treating Lewis' satiric devices and to attempting to determine his "originality" in this type of fiction. Alongside this, we try to appraise his artistry in comparison to renowned satirists.
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Driss Mabrouki. An analysis of Sinclair Lewis' satire in the twenties. Literature. Université Nancy 2, 1992. English. ⟨NNT : 1992NAN21022⟩. ⟨tel-01776767⟩



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