Autumn 2019

Monday October 14 and Monday November 4 are national holidays. There will be no classes held on these days.

 The Great Gatsby: The novel and the modern film adaptations

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel is a classic of American literature and perhaps the most studied novel in American educational institutions. The novel is rather short, so during the eight sessions we will cover the entire novel and discuss the two major film adaptations of it, one directed by Jack Clayton (1974), and the other by Baz Luhrmann (2013). We will also discuss the author’s biography, and the novel’s historical context and influence on literature and culture since it was published in 1925.


Eight classes on Monday evenings, 18:30-19:50

(1) 10/7 (2) 10/21 (3) 10/28 (4) 11/11 (5) 11/18 (6) 11/25 (7) 12/2 (8) 12/9

1.       Introduction, plot summary, the historical context of the story

2.       The life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

3.       Discussion of selected chapters

4.       Discussion of selected chapters

5.       Discussion of selected chapters

6.       The 1974 film adaptation, selected scenes

7.       The 2013 film adaptation, selected scenes

8.       Final discussion and student presentations

Advice to Students:

The subject matter is somewhat difficult, but a very high degree of English proficiency is not required. Students should be capable of participating actively in a course conducted in English and doing some preparation before each class. Students will have to buy the novel and read assigned chapters each week. They can also do research with the many online study guides available for The Great Gatsby. More information and updates to the above information will be posted on the teacher’s web page:

Necessary reading material to purchase:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Wisehouse Classics; 2016 edition) ISBN-10: 9176371212.

Students can obtain the e-book edition free (, or buy the above paperback edition for about 610 yen (the price on 2019/06/09 was 610 yen, and the ebook kindle edition was free). Students may use other editions, but it would be better if everyone had the same edition (the Wisehouse 2016 edition) in order to let everyone refer to the same page numbers.