BMC English Professor Michael Tratner Discusses The Great Gatsby on WHYY

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 2:18 pm.

Bryn Mawr English Professor Michael Tratner was among the guests on WHYY radio’s “Radio Times” today for a discussion of the latest Hollywood adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Tratner teaches courses in Bryn Mawr’s Film Studies program  and his second book, Deficits and Desires: Economics, Sexuality and Literature in the Twentieth Century, examines how morality and psychology changed when “being in debt” became a normal part of everyday life and governmental policy during the 20’s and 30’s. His latest project, Movies and Mass Politics, returns him to his hometown of Hollywood, for a study of how Tinseltown borrowed the innovations of Fascist and Communist filmmakers while struggling against the politics of those innovations.

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