Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner

About the Course

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.

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Course Structure

This Yale College course, taught on campus two times per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Fall 2011. 

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About Professor Wai Chee Dimock

Wai Chee Dimock is William Lampson Professor of English & American Studies at Yale University. Originally from Hong Kong, she received her BA from Harvard University and PhD from Yale University. Three concepts are important to Dimock: deep time; kinship among genres and media; and close reading. Her recent book, "Through Other Continents” (2006), received Honorable Mention for both the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association and the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. A collaborative volume, "Shades of the Planet,” further elaborates on these arguments. Outside Yale, Professor Dimock was a consultant for "Invitation to World Literature," a 13-part series produced by WGBH and aired on PBS stations in the fall of 2010. She is now working on two books, “Low Theory” and  “Many Islams,” and a print-and-web anthology, “American Literature in the World.” 

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Syllabus

Professor

Wai Chee Dimock, William Lampson Professor of English & American Studies

Description

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.

Texts

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. Knopf Doubleday, 1991.

Faulkner, William. Light in August. Knopf Doubleday, 1991.

Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury. Knopf Doubleday, 1991.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Scribner, 2004.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection. Scribner, 1995.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tender is the Night. Scribner, 1995.

Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Scribner, 1995.

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. Scribner, 1996.

Hemingway, Ernest. To Have and Have Not. Scribner, 1996.

Requirements

Section participation, final exam, two papers.

Short paper (outline, paper, opportunity for revision): 5 pages, along with a cover page explaining what you are trying to do, what obstacles you have run into, and how you would do things differently if you had more time.

Term paper (outline, paper): 10 pages, along with a cover page explaining what you are trying to do, what obstacles you have run into, and how you would do things differently if you had more time.

Grading

Section participation: 10%
Short paper: 20%
Term paper: 40%
Final exam: 30%

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