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A Celebration of The Great Gatsby

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (BST)

A Celebration of The Great Gatsby

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  • The Great Gatsby is arguably the most celebrated American novel of the last 100 years, perhaps the greatest American novel ever. Its vivid evocation of the decadence and excess of America during the 1920s and haunting evocation of the so called 'American Dream' has dazzled readers, critics and film-makers since its first publication in 1925 and cemented its place within the pantheon of classic texts. But what is it that really makes The Great Gatsby so special? 

    On 29 June, the Mumsnet Academy has gathered together a range of experts from the worlds of criticism, literature, film and music who will offer their own insights into the meaning of the book and explain why Fitzgerald's haunting tale of love and deferred dreams is a timeless moral fable and one which taps deeply into not only the American psyche, but fascinates readers the world over. Expect lively sessions that examine the times in which the book was written, the lives of Scott and Zelda, as well as a poignant look at money, class and social mores. In addition, there will be dedicated sessions on the music of the 1920s and an appraisal of 'Gatsby on screen', a session focused on the perennial fascination of Gatsby and Daisy's story. 
    The course will be led by Jon Connell, founder of the Week and creator of the Connell Guides, Professor John Sutherland, writer, journalist and stand-up comedian, Viv Groskop and Professor Sarah Churchwell, whose book Careless People – Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby publishes in June. There will also be a couple of very special guest lecturers. 
    Gatsby inspired fancy dress optional! 
  • What's Included

    Course structure

    9.30am registration
    10-11.30am: What is The Great Gatsby really about? Background and historical context
    11.30-11.50: Break
    11.50-1pm: Scott and Zelda and the Jazz Age
    1-2pm: Lunch
    2-3.00pm: The Music of the 1920s 
    3.00-3.20pm: Break
    3.20pm-4.15pm: Money, class and social mores
    4.15-5.30pm: Gatsby on screen
  • Tutor Details

    Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia. Her research and teaching expertise are in 20th-21st century and contemporary American literature and culture; American film history; gender theory; cultural studies and popular culture; and biography and autobiography. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Granta 2004), co-editor of Must Read: Rediscovering the Bestseller (Continuum 2012), and author of various articles, chapters and introductions (see research and publications tabs, above). Her new book, Careless People, about F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, will be published in June 2013. 

    Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, the Observer, the Times, the Telegraph, the New Statesman, theSpectator, the Liberal, the Financial TimesGlamourElleHarper's BazaarEsquire andPsychologies, among others, and she is a contributing writer for New Statesmanmagazine. She regularly appears on TV and radio. 

    John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus, UCL, and has for many years been a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology. He is author of many books and more editions than he cares to count. He writes and reviews widely in the UK and the US. His most recent books are: The Boy who Loved Books (2007), Magic Moments(2008), Curiosities of Literature (2008), The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction, 2nd Edition (2009), 50 Ideas in Literature You Really Need to Know (2010), 365 Days in Literature (2010, with Stephen Fender). He's currently working on Lives of the Novelists.

    Jolyon Connell is the founder and editorial director of The Week and Money Week. A former Washington Correspondent of the Sunday Times and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, he has a first-class degree in English from the University of St. Andrews and an honorary doctorate from the same university. 

    Viv Groskop is a writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian who has written about family and gender for the past 10 years. She has three children under the age of eight, two boys and a girl. She is a regular on BBC Radio 4 and writes regularly for a host of national publications, from the Daily Telegraph to the Guardian. She is a contributor to the best-selling Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism (Guardian Books).


  • More Information

    The course will take place at Faber and Faber, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA

    Lunch is included in the course fee. 

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When & Where

Faber and Faber
77A Great Russell St
WC1B 3DA London
United Kingdom

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (BST)

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