The Great Gatsby Masterclass

Professor Sarah Churchwell is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby’, which tells the story of the genesis of The Great Gatsby. This workshop will discuss the meanings of the novel in the context of 1922-1924, the period in which Fitzgerald conceived of and set the novel, as well as our ideas about the novel in the 90 years since its publication. In particular we will examine some of the myths that have emerged about the novel, and compare them to what the novel actually says. Are Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby star-crossed lovers? What kind of person is the narrator, Nick Carraway? What does the green light symbolize? Is Jay Gatsby truly great? Is this the great novel about the American dream, and if so what does that mean? These are the questions often asked about this novel, but we will discover that the answers aren’t quite what we’ve been led to believe.

Online registration: RM35.00
At the door: RM40.00

Sarah Churchwell (UK) is an American-born writer, academic, and lecturer at the University of East Anglia in the UK. She is the Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities and known for her expertise in twentieth and twenty-first century fiction. Her works have appeared in ‘The Times Literary Supplement’, ‘The New York Times Book Review’, ‘The Spectator’, ‘The New Statesman’, ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Observer’. She also regularly appears on British television and radio and is the judge for the Women’s (Orange) Prize for Fiction, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and a member of the judging panel for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
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Sat Jun 13, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM MYT
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CLassroom (Publika Shopping Gallery, next to Baskin Robbins)
Registration 35.00 MYR
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