AMST 246: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner
Lecture 02 - Hemingway's In Our Time. Professor Wai Chee Dimock discusses Hemingway's first book In Our Time, a collection of vignettes published in 1925 that launched Hemingway's career as a leading American modernist. Professor Dimock examines a cluster of three vignettes from In Our Time to show how Hemingway's laconic style naturalizes problems of
pain and violence amidst the ethnic tensions of the American Midwest. Drawing on the theoretical writings of critics Elaine Scarry and Susan Sontag, and the artistic representations of painter Edvard Munch, Professor Dimock shows how language probes the empathetic boundaries of communal suffering in "Indian Camp" and "Chapter II." She concludes with a discussion of
"The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife" that shows how inter-ethnic conflict between Native Americans and whites is neutralized by the primitive impulse of peacekeeping, the opposite of the violence she reads in the two other vignettes in this cluster.
|Lecture 02 - Hemingway's In Our Time|
|[00:00:00]||1. In Our Time Publication History|
|[00:03:41]||2. The Structure of In Our Time|
|[00:07:57]||3. A Possible Cluster|
|[00:10:56]||4. Theoretical Perspectives on Pain|
|[00:18:29]||5. A Close Reading of "Indian Camp"|
|[00:27:33]||6. A Close Reading of "Chapter II"|
|[00:35:50]||7. A Close Reading of "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife"|
|[00:48:42]||8. Meditations on Pain and Violence in the Proposed Cluster|
|Lecture 2 - Hemingway's In Our Time
Instructor: Professor Wai Chee Dimock. Credit List [PDF]. Transcript [html]. Audio [mp3]. Download Video [mov].
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