Introductory lecture by Professor Dimock for the Yale College course ‘Hemingway,Fitzgerald, Faulkner’. The lecture introduces the class to the works of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner, the premiere writers of American modernism. She orients their novels along three “scales” of interpretation: global geopolitics, experimental narration, and sensory detail. Invoking the writings of critic Paul Fussell, she argues that all three writers are united by a preoccupation with World War I and the implications that the Great War has for irony in narrative representation.
Lecture chapters consist of:
- Class Logistics [00:00:00]
- Three Analytic Scales [00:00:25]
- Hemingway’s Global Vision of American Literature [00:02:00]
- Faulkner’s Narrative Experiments of Modernism [00:05:38]
- Fitzgerald’s Sensory Details [00:10:11]
- Cross-Scale Analysis of World War I [00:12:05]
- Narrative Problems of War [00:15:59]
- Linguistic Legacies of War [00:18:36]
- The Ironies of Storytelling after World War I: Hemingway and Fitzgerald [00:20:56]
- Utopian View of War: Faulkner [00:33:02]
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