Title

“’Her voice is full of money’: Considering Social Class and the American Dream in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby”

Presentation Type

Group/Panel

Academic Level

2-year school

Location

Conference Room A

Start Date

13-4-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

13-4-2017 2:15 PM

Abstract

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is considered a classic of American literature. To many, the book is, in fact, the “Great American Novel.” A complex tale of love, loss, social-climbing, and dreams, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece provides interesting commentary on 1920s American culture, social class, and the American Dream.

This panel, composed of three ENGL 2328 students who studied and researched the novel, will explore the complexity of these themes in The Great Gatsby. Emily Cavanaugh will provide a comparative study the American Dream in Gatsby and Cather’s “Neighbor Rosicky” in “Gatsby and Rosicky: A Contrast of the American Dream.” Meanwhile, Tyler Freeman will explore the complex representations of social class and classism in the novel in “Heed the Warnings of Classism.” Finally, Daniel Smeraldo explores how the American Dream is redefined in the novel in “Dreaming of Gatsby.” The members of this panel will present their papers, while leaving time for questions at the end of the session.

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“’Her voice is full of money’: Considering Social Class and the American Dream in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby”

Conference Room A

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is considered a classic of American literature. To many, the book is, in fact, the “Great American Novel.” A complex tale of love, loss, social-climbing, and dreams, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece provides interesting commentary on 1920s American culture, social class, and the American Dream.

This panel, composed of three ENGL 2328 students who studied and researched the novel, will explore the complexity of these themes in The Great Gatsby. Emily Cavanaugh will provide a comparative study the American Dream in Gatsby and Cather’s “Neighbor Rosicky” in “Gatsby and Rosicky: A Contrast of the American Dream.” Meanwhile, Tyler Freeman will explore the complex representations of social class and classism in the novel in “Heed the Warnings of Classism.” Finally, Daniel Smeraldo explores how the American Dream is redefined in the novel in “Dreaming of Gatsby.” The members of this panel will present their papers, while leaving time for questions at the end of the session.