Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby (1925)
Please read the following:
Jim Cullen. "Introduction," "Chapter 6," "Conclusion." The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation. Oxford University Press, 2004.
Jonathan Raban. "The Biggest Department Store in the World." Hunting Mister Heartbreak. London: Collins Harvill, 1990, 55-124.
David Reynolds Empire of Liberty. The Great Depression
Please come prepared to give a five-ten minute introduction to The Great Gatsby. You might want to think about the following topics and/or draw on the theoretical readings:
- Mythology of the American Dream revisited
- Treatment of discourse of white supremacy
- The 1920s as the 'Jazz Age'
- Writing American experience as romance
Representation of the city - specifically New York
The framing device of Nick as narrator
Please read my online lecture on the text.
Optional Further Reading
Matthew Bruccoli. A Brief Life of Fitzgerald. http://www.fscottfitzgeraldsociety.org/biography/index.html
Richard Godden. "The Great Gatsby: glamour on the turn." Fictions of Captial. C.U.P., 1990, 78-103.
You will find more suggestions for further reading here.