Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course surveys Fitzgerald’s life and major works: five novels (one unfinished), numerous short stories, a few essays and a play. We shall give these works close textual analysis informed by cultural and biographical criticism (particularly the shifting literary and intellectual influences on Fitzgerald's work).
While students are free to pursue research topics from any critical perspective, textual scholarship is especially promising, in that McDermott Library owns several volumes of FSF’s manuscripts (including drafts of all his novels and several short stories) and because the Cambridge critical editions of several novels will be available on reserve.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (Scribner)
---, The Beautiful and Damned (t.b.a.)
---, The Vegetable (t.b.a.)
---, The Great Gatsby: The Authorized Text (Scribner)
---, Tender is the Night (Scribner)
---, The Crack-Up (New Directions)
---, The Love of the Last Tycoon: a Western (Scribner)
Matthew Bruccoli, ed. The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Scribner)
---, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (University of South Carolina Press)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will write a research paper (ca. 15 pp.) and give an oral report (ca. 45 minutes). Class attendance and participation are essential.