Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of The Great Gatsby by evaluating the cross-mapping of the auditory and visual fields in the novel's main pairs of characters. Beginning with an analysis of the Jazz Age, she argues that linkages between what is heard and what is seen have important implications for the overarching themes of The Great Gatsby, including notions of accountability, responsibility, illusion, and disillusion. She focuses on the linked characters of Daisy and Jordan Baker, Gatsby and Nick Carraway, to show how their convergences and divergences tell the entire store of Gatsby's decline and fall.
00:00 - Chapter 1. The Jazz Age and The Great Gatsby 06:03 - Chapter 2. Cross-Mapping the Sensation of Vagueness 08:15 - Chapter 3. Auditory Field with Color 10:03 - Chapter 4. Visual Field with Noise 16:15 - Chapter 5. Thematic Implications of Visual-Auditory Coupling for Daisy and Jordan 23:15 - Chapter 6. Thematic Coupling of Nick and Gatsby 34:04 - Chapter 7. Extinguishing Sound for Nick and Gatsby 40:14 - Chapter 8. Thematic Divergence between Nick and Gatsby 42:59 - Chapter 9. The Logic of Substitution for Nick Carraway
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This course was recorded in Fall 2011.
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.
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