Reading for UConn Reads

By Anne D'Alleva

Explore the world of classic fiction and participate in the selection process for UConn Reads 2012-13 with Anne D'Alleva, Associate Professor of Art History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Chair of the UConn Reads Steering Committee.

A Semester of Gatsby

With the beginning of the Spring Semester comes the launch of programming for UConn Reads. Our choice this year, The Great Gatsby, has generated a lot of excitement and interest. Many different departments and campus groups are organizing events, and information about these will be posted on the UConn Reads website as well as the University’s events calendar.

In his 1936 essay “The Crack-up,” a rumination on his emotional breakdown, Fitzgerald noted that he “avoided writers very carefully because they can perpetuate trouble as no one else can.”

We won’t be avoiding Fitzgerald this semester. We’ll be confronting him, and Gatsby, in classrooms, exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and reading groups both live and virtual. I suspect Fitzgerald and his book will cause a great deal of “trouble” for us.