H15 - 
Fitzgerald's Magic
  The main goal of this two-day seminar is together to examine F. Scott Fitzgerald's interest in magic. Our primary texts will be The Great Gatsby and Fitzgerald's essays. Characters that we encounter in Fitzgerald's fiction are always under a spell. They are enchanted dreamers, in pursuit of objects, persons, and places that promise a sublime euphoria. Gods, aristocracy, all the ancient idols from whose pomp and privilege the masses had derived vicarious satisfaction were long dead in Fitzgerald's secular and irreverent America. And yet, he recognized that modern Americans still yearned for objects of worship as much as did pious pilgrims in the Middle Ages. Through guided discussion, participants will learn how this insight into the role of magical thinking in modernity shaped Fitzgerald's approach to fiction writing.
11/12/2020, 11/19/2020