Literature: Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'

Ref: C3847024

'The Great Gatsby' is Fitzgerald's most famous work and arguably one of the finest of American novels. This course will examine in detail the workings of this text and how it stands alongside debates about race, wealth and poverty in the 1920s as well as the emerging idea of the American Dream.

Course aim

The course aims to look in detail at Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, 'The Great Gatsby'. It also aims to introduce students to modernist writing and American attitudes to wealth and race

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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the detailed working of this text.
  • Discuss how race is examined in this text.
  • Discuss the emerging idea of the American Dream.
  • Explain the importance of the term 'Jazz Age'.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A copy of 'The Great Gatsby' [any edition]. It would be useful if you could read the novel in advance of the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Literature: Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'

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This course is only available as part of this programme.

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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