Fitzgerald and His Contemporaries

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Thursday, November 19, 2009

In this seminar, participants will study the short fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald in and around the time of The Great Gatsby, considering his reputation as a writer of popular and serious fiction with comparative reference to other prominent U.S. writers of short fiction of the time, including Dorothy Parker, Ring Lardner, and Ernest Hemingway. We will consider such factors as commercialism, modernist experimentation, expatriated internationalism, and the 1920s market boom and subsequent Depression era in an effort to trace Fitzgerald’s importance for his era and to account for an early critical reception that all too often eagerly emphasized his limitations as a writer and only grudgingly conceded his achievements.

Seminar led by R. Clifton Spargo, Marquette University

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