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The Gatsby Experience   Tags: f. scott fitzgerald, film, gatsby, literature, simulation  

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Students enrolled in English 10 at HUHS read The Great Gatsby, often referred to as "the great American novel."  The Gatsby Files (an ethnographic simulation game) usesThe Gatsby Gazette (a simulated newspaper) to immerse students in the time during which F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote and set his novel.  This LibGuide provides additional resource material for the study of The Great Gatsby.  



Check out artist Kyle Tezak's interpretation of the Great Gatsby in this "four icon challenge" below.  What do each of these icons represent?  Why might the artist have chosen these as "recognizable" symbols of the novel?


Your Guide

Lora Cowell
HUHS Librarian, 2007-2014




Resources for Learning

The Great Gatsby 60 Second Recap
A great introduction, this recap notes that "here’s just something about Fitzgerald’s story of money and madness, greed, revenge, and lust that’s peculiarly … well, American."

The Great Gatsby
This New Student Reading Project from Cornell University offers a great collection of resources related to Gatsby and the 1920s.

An Index to the Great Gatsby
Index to topics and characters. Based on the paperback edition released by Macmillan in 1992. 


Literary Criticism

Blooms Modern Critical Interpretations: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
(available online at HUHS through Follett Shelf)

  • Disembodied Voices and Narrating Bodies in the Great Gatsby
  • Deceitful Traces of Power: An anlysis of the decadence of Tom Buchannan in The Great Gatsby
  • The Great Gatsby--The Text as Construct: Narrative Knots and Narrative Unfolding
  • The Great Gatsby: Aesthetics of Non-Identity
  • Pastoral Mode and Language in the Great Gatsby
  • "The long secret extravagance was played out": The Great Gatsby and Carnival in Bakhtinian Perspective
  • The Great Gatsby and the Obscene World
  • The American Carnival of the Great Gatsby
  • The Trouble with Nick: Reading Gatsby Closely

A Darker, More Ruthless Gatsby
This article discusses the connection between the new movie interpretation of Gatsby and Fitzgeral's earlier manuscript, "Trimalchio."  You can read more about the connection in this post on the blog, Endpaper.

Drama and the Lasting Influence of the Great Gatsby
This article in the Wall Street Journal reveals the influence of Gatsby on several well-known modern authors.

Fitzgerald's Radiant World
by Thomas Flanagan in The New York Review of Books

The Great Gatsby: Awakening from the American Dream
by Marilyn Chandler in Dwelling in the Text, University of California Press

Was Gatsby Black? 
by Elizabeth Manus in Salon Magazine


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