ENGL 5310-110 The Fitzgeralds
It is remarkable that the Fitzgeralds – “Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The Fitzgerald’s,” Tom Hiddleston as Scott emphasizes – are the first iconic figures of 1920s expat Paris whom we meet in Midnight in Paris (2011). Our cultural memory lionizes the figures of the Fitzgeralds as repositories of the Jazz Age. But only “F. Scott” became synonymous with the high modernist canon alongside his pals Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and T.S. Eliot. Zelda is often forgotten, cast as the mere “wife of” her famous spouse even though she was a writer and painter in her own right. Who were the Fitzgeralds? As writers, as artists, as individuals, and as a couple? In this course, we will read the published novels, short stories, and essays of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (including The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, Save Me the Walz, “Babylon Revisited” and “Winter Dreams,” and Zelda’s “girl” stories). We will also read the couple’s letters and watch films that further historically and biographically contextualize their lives.