Course overview

A short course looking at how some great American writers – and fiction more generally, have been shaped and influenced by the American Dream

Course description

Writers are fascinated by the American Dream. This short course considers some of the most influential novels and plays about the belief that in America, you can be anything you want to be. We’ll be covering, amongst other things, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby, where new money comes up against old power with tragic consequences; Tom Wolfe’s cruel but witty dismantling of the money men of Wall Street; John Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath, set in the Great Depression where for many the American Dream came crashing down to grim reality; Arthur Miller’s influential play Death of a Salesman, where dream turns to delusion, Kerouac’s On the Road, Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road and others. Is the American Dream real? A mix of discussions, readings and analysis.

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