ONLINE SEMINAR
February 5 and 6 | The Great Gatsby

$135.00

“I want to write something new — something extraordinarily beautiful and simple and intricately patterned,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to his editor Max Perkins in 1923, as he worked on his first draft of what would become The Great Gatsby. The novel, which draws on some of Fitzgerald’s experiences on Long Island and in New York City in the summer of 1922, has become shorthand for the glamour and excesses of the Jazz Age and the allure and danger of the American Dream. But what lies beneath the surface, in the text itself? Does Fitzgerald write the kind of book he set out to write? Through close reading and discussion, we’ll seek to understand Fitzgerald’s patterns and their significance. We’ll also consider the reasons for the book’s incredible popularity from the 1940s through today. Time allowing, Melanie will present some of her own work on The Great Gatsby from a computational linguistics perspective and show how this kind of analysis can supplement close reading, providing new angles from which to study the text.

When: February 5 and 6, 2022 at 1 p.m. Eastern

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$135 plus 13% HST (approx. US$109 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. Our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at time of purchase. If you would like to apply your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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LEADER

Melanie Blake is the director of Classical Pursuits. She has a longtime interest in literature of the early 20th century, and has led seminars on Katherine Anne Porter, Wilfred Owen, Mary Borden, and others of World War I and the Jazz Age. She has a BA in English from Fordham University and an MA in literary linguistics from the University of Nottingham, where she did a study of The Great Gatsby using corpus linguistics techniques.

BOOK

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Please get one of these two authorized texts:

Scribner, 1995 with intro by Matthew J. Bruccoli
ISBN-13 : 978-064801523

or

Scribner/Simon and Schuster, 2004 with intro by Jesmyn Ward
ISBN-13: 978-0743273565

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“I want to write something new — something extraordinarily beautiful and simple and intricately patterned,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to his editor Max Perkins in 1923, as he worked on his first draft of what would become The Great Gatsby. The novel, which draws on some of Fitzgerald’s experiences on Long Island and in New York City in the summer of 1922, has become shorthand for the glamour and excesses of the Jazz Age and the allure and danger of the American Dream. But what lies beneath the surface, in the text itself? Does Fitzgerald write the kind of book he set out to write? Through close reading and discussion, we’ll seek to understand Fitzgerald’s patterns and their significance. We’ll also consider the reasons for the book’s incredible popularity from the 1940s through today. Time allowing, Melanie will present some of her own work on The Great Gatsby from a computational linguistics perspective and show how this kind of analysis can supplement close reading, providing new angles from which to study the text.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at the time of purchase; no retroactive discounts will be issued.

All seminars are subject to minimum enrollment of 7 participants. Click the link for full terms and conditions for Classical Pursuits online seminars.

Classical Pursuits does not record seminars. By participating in any seminar, registrants agree not to make their own seminar recordings and to abide by the Classical Pursuits code of conduct.

 

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