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The upcoming centennial of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925) offers an exciting opportunity to revisit this masterpiece and to consider some of the ways it continues to teach us about American culture. Why do we keep re-reading, adapting, and talking about this text? What makes it so enduring? This course will approach The Great Gatsby in a variety of ways. We will consider some of its biographical influences, its dialogue with other artist movements such as modernism, and its deft critical assessment of American cultural trends—from telephones and automobiles to eugenics and immigration policy. We will also examine some of the “Gatsby cluster” short stories that Fitzgerald used to test out some of the themes and characters for the novel. The Great Gatsby earned Fitzgerald his highest praise as a writer, yet the book did not sell well. In fact, boxes of them were still collecting dust in the Scribners’ warehouse at the time of Fitzgerald’s death in 1940. How can we account for its lack of popularity? And how did the novel resurface to become one of the great American novels?

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Thomas Fahy

Thomas Fahy is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and professor of literature and creative writing. He has been widely acclaimed and has received awards for his numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as his scholarly research. He has also published essays on everything from Paris Hilton and 1980s vampire films to the television series Stranger Things. His works have been translated into several languages, and he has been interviewed by Salon and other publications, as well as radio hosts in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and Malaysia. He was recently a guest on the BBC radio program “Literary Pursuits” about Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. He has also appeared in several episodes of the Spanish television series Creadores Prodigiosos. When he is not writing, Dr. Fahy performs regularly as a classical pianist and has appeared in recent concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and other venues in New York City. He is a fascinating and dynamic teacher who is able to bring his wide interdisciplinary knowledge to whatever the subject.

Lecture Details



4 lecture(s)
Day & Time

Thursday, 10:00 - 12:00 noon

Jun 06, 2024
Jun 13, 2024
Jun 20, 2024
Jun 27, 2024