Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246) 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. She juxtaposes his invocations of Paris and Missouri to the rooted communities of the guerillas, and reads analogies of racial and ethnic conflict -- specifically, the references to the Moors in Spain and persecuted blacks in America -- as a point of tension, an ironic commentary on the coexistence of the distant home and the on-site environment. She concludes with a reading of the American Civil War as a temporally distant home which Jordan tries to recuperate in the present moment of European conflict. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Distant Home versus On-Site Environment 03:13 - Chapter 2. Paris as a Distant Home 12:11 - Chapter 3. America as a Distant Home 18:40 - Chapter 4. Gypsies and Moors in the On-Site Environment 26:56 - Chapter 5. Lynching in the Distant Home 34:30 - Chapter 6. Lynching and the Moors in the On-Site Environment 37:10 - Chapter 7. Tragedy and Comedy in the Republican Misunderstanding 39:55 - Chapter 8. The Civil War as a Distant Home Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Fall 2011.
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