Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner
By Wai Chee Dimock
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This course examines major works by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner, exploring their interconnections on three analytic scales: the macro history of the United States and the world; the formal and stylistic innovations of modernism; and the small details of sensory input and psychic life. Warning: Some of the lectures in this course contain graphic content and/or adult language that some users may find disturbing.
||1. Introduction||Professor Dimock introduces the class to the works of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner, the premiere writers of American modernism.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||2. Hemingway's In Our Time||Professor Wai Chee Dimock discusses Hemingway’s first book In Our Time, a collection of vignettes published in 1925 that launched Hemingway’s career as a leading American modernist.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||3. Hemingway's In Our Time, Part II||Professor Wai Chee Dimock continues her discussion of Hemingway’s In Our Time, testing four additional clusters of chapters and vignettes.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||4. Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby||Professor Wai Chee Dimock begins her discussion of The Great Gatsby by highlighting Fitzgerald’s experimental counter-realism, a quality that his editor Maxwell Perkins referred to as “vagueness.”||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||5. Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Part II||Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of The Great Gatsby by evaluating the cross-mapping of the auditory and visual fields in the novel’s main pairs of characters.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||6. Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury||Professor Wai Chee Dimock begins her discussion of The Sound and the Fury by presenting Faulkner’s main sources for the novel, including Act V, Scene 5 of Macbeth and theories of mental deficiency elaborated by John Locke and Henry Goddard.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||7. Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Part II||Professor Wai Chee Dimock continues her discussion of The Sound and the Fury by juxtaposing Quentin’s stream-of-consciousness to his brother Benjy’s narrative subjectivity.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||8. Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Part III||Professor Wai Chee Dimock discusses Jason’s section of The Sound and the Fury with reference to Raymond Williams’s notion of the “knowable community.”||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||9. Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Part IV||Professor Wai Chee Dimock closes her reading of The Sound and the Fury by reading section four through Luster and Dilsey, the two black characters whose personal and racial histories are woven into the history of the Compson family.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||10. Hemingway – To Have and Have Not||Professor Wai Chee Dimock introduces the class to Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, which originally appeared as a series of short stories in Cosmopolitan and Esquire magazines.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||11. Hemingway – To Have and Have Not, Part II||Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of To Have and Have Not by showing how, in the context of the Cuban Revolutions and the Great Depression, characters devolve into those who “Have” and those who “Have Not.”||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||12. Fitzgerald – “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”, etc.||Professor Wai Chee Dimock demonstrates how four of Fitzgerald’s most famous short stories represent “social types,” generic identities that Fitzgerald explores as forms of social reality.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||13. Faulkner – As I Lay Dying||Professor Wai Chee Dimock begins her discussion of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying by orienting the novel to the Great Depression in the South, as focalized through such famous texts as Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||14. Faulkner – As I Lay Dying, Part II||Professor Wai Chee Dimock traces Faulkner’s appropriation of the epic genre through two conventions: the blurring of boundaries between humans and non-humans and the resurrection of the dead.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||15. Faulkner – As I Lay Dying, Part III||Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of As I Lay Dying with an analysis of its generic form.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||16. Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls||Professor Wai Chee Dimock begins her discussion of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls with an overview of the Spanish Civil War, the historical event at the heart of the novel.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||17. Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls, Part II||Professor Wai Chee Dimock continues her discussion of For Whom the Bell Tolls by analyzing the contrast Robert Jordan draws between “distant homes” and the on-site environment of the Spanish Civil War.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||18. Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls, Part III||Professor Wai Chee Dimock focuses on the themes of dying and not dying that reappear throughout For Whom the Bell Tolls.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||19. Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls, Part IV||Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of For Whom the Bell Tolls by reading the novel as a narrative of dispossession and repossession.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||20. Fitzgerald - Tender Is the Night||Professor Wai Chee Dimock positions her reading of Tender Is the Night alongside F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career as a Hollywood screenwriter.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||21. Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night, Part II||Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of Tender Is the Night with a biographical sketch of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald’s mental instability, the inspiration for the character of Nicole Diver.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||22. Faulkner, Light in August||Professor Wai Chee Dimock focuses her introductory lecture on Faulkner’s Light in August on the “pagan quality” of his protagonist Lena.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||23. Faulkner, Light in August, Part II||Professor Wai Chee Dimock continues her discussion of Light in August by showing how the kindness of strangers turns into malice in the cases of social reformer Joanna Burden and Reverend Hightower.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||24. Faulkner, Light in August, Part III||Professor Wai Chee Dimock focuses on the unresolved problem of race in Light in August, focusing her discussion on the variety of reflexive and calculated uses of the word “n****r” as a charged term toward Joe Christmas.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||25. Faulkner, Light in August, Part IV||Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of Light in August and the semester by mapping Faulkner’s theology of Calvinist predestination onto race.||4/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Yes it is hard to hear the professor sometimes, but the content makes up for it. This helped my immensely with Faulkner. Thank you so much!!!!
great lectures, I'm drawn to Faulkner and her expositiong of the Greek comic themes in Light In August was enlightening. Heads up it's on youtube w cc option which makes everything very clear
Enjoyable lecture with sometimes difficult to understand moments
Home sick from teaching, I found great joy in the connections that this lecturer was able to make between characters. The downside to these connections is that I needed a repeat listen to clarify some of the words which were pronounced in ways that made it possible to confuse then for other words. For example, her diction of the word "vague" sounded like "fake" and once I realized that this was not what she was saying it became a lot clearer. Of course there is the obvious repetition of the word "um" which became a pitiable recurrence because in my mind this lesson had a very good flow to it and the "ums" were almost self sabotaging the excellent points she made.
The depth of analysis that this lecture gives on the idea of Fitzgerald trying to capture motion was reasonable, and I wish that she had stayed with it throughout the lesson for it made startling ties in the instance of the Buchanans' lawn to the Valley of Ashes. I'm interested to see where else this concept can be applied, and hopefully the second segment of this lecture will provide.
Overall, this was a lecture which increased my understanding of the novel and although some words were not exactly clear, the ideas were.