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17. Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls

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: This course was recorded in Fall 2011.
Length: 45:35


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