Gatsby: romantic or stalker?

Fellow American Literature teachers, having taught this book for over 30 years, I have noticed a real change in the way teenagers see the title character. Decades ago, students understood Gatsby’s “romantic readiness,” as Nick calls it, as Fitzgerald intended: extreme and unrealistic, perhaps, but pure. More and more in recent years, the kids are creeped out by Gatsby’s behavior, calling him a stalker. Have others noticed this reaction? How have you addressed it? #engchat

Scuffling into the 21st Century

I’ve been in the teaching game for 37 years and have enjoyed a rewarding and exciting career in the drama and English classrooms. This year I have the rare opportunity of pursuing many interests during a full-year sabbatical from the classroom. Among many activities, such a traveling to Africa and South America, such volunteering in an adult literacy program in a maximum security state prison, such a helping care for dogs in a local animal rescue shelter, I am challenging my many years of traditional teaching practices by enrolling in a series of graduate courses devoted to educational technology and teaching of writing. My school will soon be providing laptop computers to all students, and I’ll be returning to a new technological environment; my studying of the flipped classroom, BYOD as mindtools and Google apps for education will, I hope, help me to join the new technology-rich world and employ some new methods in delivering the curriculum to my students.

Finding Dulcinea, linked below, will be especially useful I think.