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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:

  1. Class Logistics [00:00:00]
  2. Three Analytic Scales [00:00:25]
  3. Hemingway’s Global Vision of American Literature [00:02:00]
  4. Faulkner’s Narrative Experiments of Modernism [00:05:38]
  5. Fitzgerald’s Sensory Details [00:10:11]
  6. Cross-Scale Analysis of World War I [00:12:05]
  7. Narrative Problems of War [00:15:59]
  8. Linguistic Legacies of War [00:18:36]
  9. The Ironies of Storytelling after World War I: Hemingway and Fitzgerald [00:20:56]
  10. Utopian View of War: Faulkner [00:33:02]

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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