With the recent resurgence in interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald following Baz Luhrmann's imaginative film adaptation of Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby have come the inevitable cliches of the 'lost generation' and the 'American dream'.
But who was the writer of The Great Gatsby, and how does his most famous novel resonate with, or even against, his other works? How similar is the novel to its most recent adaptation, and what can this tell us about the iconography surrounding Fitzgerald and his book in comparison with the text itself? In this talk Tara Stubbs will consider The Great Gatsby in light of the rest of Fitzgerald's works - focusing particularly on his novels The Beautiful and Damned (1922) and Tender is the Night (1934) - to shed some light on the ways in which Fitzgerald's motifs and techniques were developed before and beyond his most well-known work. Dr Tara Stubbs is a University Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing.