The Great Gatsby

Ref: C2228819

Just how and what is 'great' about Gatsby - 100 years on? This course offers a close reading of F. Scott FitzGerald's The Great Gatsby, considered by many as THE great American novel. Set in the summer of 1922, considered the birth year of the modernist literary movement, this consummately crafted and poetic novella has acquired an importance in the US literary canon far beyond the expectations of its author during his lifetime. What is it about this tale of doomed love that has made it so famous and universally praised? By reading the book closely, chapter by chapter, this course will offer students the opportunity to examine and discuss the different interpretations and meanings to be found in FitzGerald's prose masterpiece. No prior knowledge of the book is required, just a 'romantic readiness' to read and enjoy!

Course aim

Just how and what is 'great' about Gatsby - 100 years on? This course offers a close reading of F. Scott FitzGerald's The Great Gatsby, considered by many as THE great American novel.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Read closely, with the ability explore meanings to be found in texts.
  • Discuss literature in a meaningful way.
  • Identify the main themes dealt with in the Great Gatsby.
  • Discuss the Great Gatsby and the author F. Scott FitzGerald in a meaningful way.
  • Discuss meaningfully the history and culture of the United States more completely.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You need an openness of heart and, as Nick says Gatsby had, 'a romantic readiness', the ability to read and a copy of the novel itself.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Great Gatsby

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Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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