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Narrative Distance and Time Distance -- On the Application of Aesthetic Distance in The Great Gatsby

Liuqing Yang


Narrative distance and time distance are significant embodiment of the concept of aesthetic distance.In The Great Gatsby,Fitzgerald skillfully employs this concept to illustrate the space among the author, the reader, the narrator and characters. Underpinned on the concept, this paper explores the specific approach of Fitzgerald to manipulating the narrative distance and time distance in this novel.It illuminates that through the application of aesthetic distance, the author is enabled to build the tension and suspense in the work, render the readers to be exposed to the fascinating aesthetic experience, and enrich the profound connotation of the work.


Aesthetic distance; Narrative distance; Time Distance; The Great Gatsby

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v7i14.8691