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The Modern(ist) Man: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises

Early modernist literature deals with a search for new values in a world that had been transformed by technological innovation, new psychological theory, and war (WWI).
In particular, WWI permanently altered the concepts of goodness, bravery, heroism, and, correspondingly, manhood/masculinity in the world.
In this reading series, we will discuss and analyze the representations of “the modern(ist) man” in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and explore the ways in which Fitzgerald and Hemingway re-evaluate and redefine—through their respective protagonists—what it means to be masculine in the modernist world.

Instructor: Dr. Brenda R. Smith is a Kent State University Associate Professor Emerita, English. During her tenure at Kent State University at Stark, she taught American, African American, women’s, and modernist literatures, and freshman composition. Dr. Smith earned both her B.A. in English and her Ph.D. in American and African American literatures from Case Western Reserve University. She earned her M.A. in American literature from Cleveland State University. Her dissertation, The Construction of Bi-Cultural Subjectivity in African American Migrant Autobiography, which earned her Case Western Reserve University’s distinguished Neil McIntyre Memorial Essay Award and Kent State University’s Regional Campus Professional Development Award, explored the relationship between African Americans’ involuntary immigration to and voluntary migration within the United States and the formation of American subjectivity. Her current research includes the trans-ethnic study of autobiography and the construction of American subjectivity, and the evolution of the Bildungsroman literary form in African American women’s writing. Dr. Smith, a native Clevelander, currently resides in Twinsburg, Ohio. She is married and has two daughters.
Details: The Modern(ist) Man: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises takes place Saturdays June 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 1:00-3:00pm remotely through Zoom. 
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