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.

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Gatsby in the News

As the release date for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby approaches, the book and its author are very much in the news. Here are a few interesting Gatsby reads: The New Yorker‘s Richard Brody published a blog post about the connection between the 1920s and our own time – each “a glittering age of incommensurable… continue reading
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Gatsby on Campus #3: Gatsby Performed

Karen Ryker, Professor of Dramatic Arts, has been working with her sophomore acting students to create a performance based on the text of The Great Gatsby. The process of developing the performance has been fascinating. Students read the book over winter break and came to class prepared to talk about their favorite passages and characters… continue reading
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Gatsby on National Public Radio

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Late yesterday afternoon I was driving to the grocery store and trying very hard not to forget to get white eggs (for dyeing), which were… continue reading
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Gatsby’s Improving Books: Library Resources

At the end of The Great Gatsby, after the funeral, Gatsby’s father pulls out one of his son’s childhood books to share with Nick. On the fly-leaf is a schedule, written out during Gatsby’s teens, that includes items like “practice elocution” and “ponder needed inventions.” Among Gatsby’s general resolves is to “read one improving book… continue reading
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Gatsby at UConn #2: Imagining The Great Gatsby: A Conversation for Writers, Scholars, and Readers

This event will take place Wednesday, February 27, at 3 pm in Konover Auditorium, the Dodd Center. It is free and open to the public. I recently had the great pleasure of meeting with the participants in this conversation: Joseph Flora, Visiting Professor in the English Department and Professor Emeritus at the University of North… continue reading
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Gatsby at UConn #1: The Benton Museum’s Exhibition

The “Gatsby at UConn” posts will explore UConn Reads programming and events this semester. Please consult the University calendar for complete information about events. The William Benton Museum of Art, one of our campus treasures, has mounted “Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of The Great Gatsby,” a terrific exhibition focused on Jazz Age… continue reading
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Assay the Essay Contest!

Since I don’t think anyone will get the reference (it’s a stretch), I’ll just state up front that the title of this post is a play on Cole Porter’s great song “Begin the Beguine” of 1935. The Beguine is a Caribbean dance – “beguine” is the Creole word for a white woman on Martinique and… continue reading
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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… continue reading
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Fitzgerald After New Year’s

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been exploring the holidays as a theme in Fitzgerald’s writing. In particular, I decided to see what he wrote about New Year’s Eve – after all, I thought, the great chronicler of the Jazz Age must have attended, and included in his fiction, any number of New Year’s bashes…. continue reading
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Fitzgerald and… Gingerbread?

I had a lot of fun last Thursday attending UConn’s annual gingerbread house competition. In a nod to UConn Reads, the theme was “The Roaring Twenties” and there were lots of great entries – although, as an art historian, I had a soft spot for the Frank Lloyd Wright house. Inspired by the occasion, I… continue reading
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