Free in-person Talk with KCL
'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Dinner of Trimalchio': Decadence in New York and Ancient Rome, Dr Emily Pillinger
Monday 5th December, 1-2pm
Queen Elizabeth's School, Queens Rd, Barnet EN5 4DQ
This talk shows how one of the greatest loved American novels of the twentieth century emerged from Fitzgerald's reading of a much less well-known ancient Roman novel by Petronius. It explores how both novels speak to the inequality, corruption, and cynicism of their contemporary worlds, and in the process demonstrates to students that the combined study of English and Classics is a rich and valuable degree focus.
Please contact Crispin Bonham-Carter directly if you would like to bring students to this talk, or if you have any questions about it.