Universität Erfurt – B Anglistik
Seminar: „Nightlife and New York City Culture“
Dozent/-in: Dr. Giulia Palladini
The Change in New York City’s Nightlife during the 1920s
Abgabedatum: 6. January 2015
For the term paper on Nightlife and New York City Culture I will focus on the the roaring 20s in the USA as this time has been significant to the cultural development in the USA but also in many other countries such as Canada, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. But the changes emerging during that decade not only influence the culture and the nightlife but the whole society and were reflected in the art. Jazz and Blues became popular and new dances like the Charleston arose. But also authors found new ways in writing their books, e.g. Viginia Wolff represented modernism in her book “Mrs. Dalloway”. Though, not only the change was represented in producing art in another way. Francis Scott Fitzgerald created an accurate portrait of the “roaring twenties” with his novel “The Great Gatsby”, which was published in 1925. In his novel Fitzgerald discussed the decadence, the excesses and the social changes of the time. It shows the life of the millionaire Jay Gatsby through the memories of his former neighbour Nick Carraway. The plot takes place during the summer of 1922 before Gatsby’s death. Through the story Nick gets to know Gatsby and becomes an important part of his life. Although Gatsby hosts the biggest parties in town, no one seems to know him and Nick is his only friend. The parties are an important part of the story as Gatsby only holds those extravagant spectaculars to meet Daisy Buchanan, Nick’s cousin, who he is in love with. But the nightlife is not only represented through the parties at the mansion. It is also shown that there are other locations in the city where nightlife takes...
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