Artwork

Content provided by Scott Yarbrough and Kirk Curnutt, Scott Yarbrough, and Kirk Curnutt. All podcast content including episodes, graphics, and podcast descriptions are uploaded and provided directly by Scott Yarbrough and Kirk Curnutt, Scott Yarbrough, and Kirk Curnutt or their podcast platform partner. If you believe someone is using your copyrighted work without your permission, you can follow the process outlined here https://player.fm/legal.
Player FM - Podcast App
Go offline with the Player FM app!

Episode 7–All that Jazz: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

1:35:33
 
Share
 

Manage episode 304658514 series 2903754
Content provided by Scott Yarbrough and Kirk Curnutt, Scott Yarbrough, and Kirk Curnutt. All podcast content including episodes, graphics, and podcast descriptions are uploaded and provided directly by Scott Yarbrough and Kirk Curnutt, Scott Yarbrough, and Kirk Curnutt or their podcast platform partner. If you believe someone is using your copyrighted work without your permission, you can follow the process outlined here https://player.fm/legal.

In our seventh episode we explore a Great American Novel that's so ubiquitous it's almost hard to believe there was a time when the media wasn't full of contrast, random references to The Great Gatsby. The story of a mysterious millionaire who turns up on Long Island, throwing lavish parties and spinning fables as transparently invented as they are enthralling, captures something essential about the promise of America. We explore why the term used for that something---the American dream---falls flat in this day and age, and what exactly we can still learn about class boundaries in a democracy that promises prosperity and affluence for anyone willing to work for it. The Great Gatsby is an easy book to take for granted: there are so many movie versions, so many theatre and opera and ballet adaptations, that we can forget just how beautiful F. Scott Fitzgerald's prose can ring out if we stop to listen to it. We dive deep into the novel's own mythic backstory, in which a young and successful author aims for high art only to discover the public would rather he stick with formulaic romance stories. Jay Gatsby remains one of the most indelible creations in American literary history: a version of Stephen Foster's beautiful dreamer, a self-fabulist who fools nobody but himself and yet intrigues everyone.

  continue reading

28 episodes

Artwork
iconShare
 
Manage episode 304658514 series 2903754
Content provided by Scott Yarbrough and Kirk Curnutt, Scott Yarbrough, and Kirk Curnutt. All podcast content including episodes, graphics, and podcast descriptions are uploaded and provided directly by Scott Yarbrough and Kirk Curnutt, Scott Yarbrough, and Kirk Curnutt or their podcast platform partner. If you believe someone is using your copyrighted work without your permission, you can follow the process outlined here https://player.fm/legal.

In our seventh episode we explore a Great American Novel that's so ubiquitous it's almost hard to believe there was a time when the media wasn't full of contrast, random references to The Great Gatsby. The story of a mysterious millionaire who turns up on Long Island, throwing lavish parties and spinning fables as transparently invented as they are enthralling, captures something essential about the promise of America. We explore why the term used for that something---the American dream---falls flat in this day and age, and what exactly we can still learn about class boundaries in a democracy that promises prosperity and affluence for anyone willing to work for it. The Great Gatsby is an easy book to take for granted: there are so many movie versions, so many theatre and opera and ballet adaptations, that we can forget just how beautiful F. Scott Fitzgerald's prose can ring out if we stop to listen to it. We dive deep into the novel's own mythic backstory, in which a young and successful author aims for high art only to discover the public would rather he stick with formulaic romance stories. Jay Gatsby remains one of the most indelible creations in American literary history: a version of Stephen Foster's beautiful dreamer, a self-fabulist who fools nobody but himself and yet intrigues everyone.

  continue reading

28 episodes

All episodes

×
 
Loading …

Welcome to Player FM!

Player FM is scanning the web for high-quality podcasts for you to enjoy right now. It's the best podcast app and works on Android, iPhone, and the web. Signup to sync subscriptions across devices.

 

Quick Reference Guide