As we move through the 2020s, anticipating and celebrating centennial milestones in the life and career of F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is easy for us to view him as a writer defined by his historical moment.
This conference aims to position Fitzgerald as a figure relevant to contemporary theoretical, social, and political concerns. Just as the 1920s were a period of flux and transition, our current decade is proving equally as turbulent. What does this writer have to say to readers living through a period of change and uncertainty?
This conference is a collaboration between Linnaues University and F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
Anne Margaret Daniel teaches literature and humanities at the New School University in New York City, and at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. For the past twenty years, she’s written articles, essays, notes, and reviews on topics from Oscar Wilde’s trials to F. Scott and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald to Bob Dylan and contemporary music. Her edition of Scott Fitzgerald’s last complete short stories, I’d Die for You And Other Lost Stories, was published by Scribner / Simon & Schuster in 2017. She’s currently at work on a volume of the letters of Zelda Fitzgerald with Jackson L.Bryer.
Thomas Leitch is Professor of English and Unidel Andrew B. Kirkpartick, Jr. Chair in Writing at University of Delaware. He has published extensively on narrative theory, genre theory, and popular culture. In addition to Perry Mason and Crime Films, which was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2003, he has written two books on Alfred Hitchcock and coedited a third. For the past ten years, most of his work, especially Film Adaptation and Its Discontents: From Gone with the Wind to The Passion of the Christ, has focused on the process of textual adaptation and its broader implications for the teaching of English. His most recent books are Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Educationin the Digital Age, The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies, and, The History of American Literature on Film.
Sarah Churchwell is a Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK. Her expertise is in 20th-and 21st-century American literature and cultural history, especially the 1920s and 1930s. She has appeared on British television and radio and has been a judge for the Booker Prize, the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Women's Prize for Fiction, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. She is the director of the Being Human festival and the author of four books: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe; Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby; and Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream; The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells. In April 2021, she was long listed for the Orwell Prize for Journalism.
Sir Jonathan Bate is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, poet, playwright, novelist and scholar. He specializes in Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities in a joint appointment of the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Sustainability and the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College in the University of Oxford, where he holds the title of Professor of English Literature. From 2017 to 2019 he was Gresham Professor of Rhetoric in the City of London. Until September 2019 he was Provost of Worcester College, Oxford.
Martina Mastandrea is an Italian scholar with a Ph.D. from the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is now a lecturer at Istituto Tecnologico Superiore Academy Meccatronico Veneto in Venice. She is the joint award winner of the 2021 EAAS Rob Kroes Award. Her most recent publication is F. Scott Fitzgerald on Silent Film (Brill, 2022).
Chair: Helen T. Turner
Board Members of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
Chair: Niklas Salmose, Professor and Vice-Chair of English at Linnaeus University. Board Member of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.
Johan Nilsson, Administrator Linnaeus University.
Daniel Ocic Ihrmark, PhD in English, Linnaeus University.
Oscar Svensson, MA,Linnaeus University.
Anna Ishchenko, Research Assistant, Linnaeus University.
Lara Rodríguez Sieweke, Ph.D. Umeå University