Teaching The Great Gatsby

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
7:00–8:30 p.m. (EST) Enter Classroom Enter Forum


Sean McCann
Professor of English, Wesleyan University
National Humanities Center Fellow

About the Seminar

Published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has transcended the era of its creation to become a classic. It describes the moral and spiritual toll exacted by that quintessentially American quest, the pursuit of happiness, the “orgiastic future” that “year by year recedes before us.” This seminar will explore the novel’s themes and language and suggest ways to teach it through close reading.

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Assigned Readings

    The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Any edition is fine.)

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