Gatsby's Party: The System and the List in Contemporary Narrative

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Purdue University Press
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Gatsby's Party contributes to the ongoing research on, and application of systems theory and information theory to, literary texts. White applies current research toward an architectural understanding of narrative structure, moving beyond interpretations (and applications) of systems theory that have been largely thematic or author-centered. it uses the fist as a device for unlocking or revealing narrative systematization and contributes to the debate on the order/ disorder apposition and to an understanding of the functioning of the fist itself. Finally, it synthesizes a number of information-based theories and sets up a theory of relations as a critical methodology that widens the field of approaches to narrative dynamics.