Professor Wai Chee Dimock begins her discussion of Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls with an overview of the Spanish Civil War, the historical event at the heart of the novel. She introduces the notion of an "involuntary foreigner" to discuss the fate of Hemingway's American protagonist Robert Jordan, as well as the Spanish guerillas who are turned into "aliens" within their own country due to their print and technological illiteracies. Professor Dimock concludes by connecting one's status as an involuntary foreigner to the shape of the future, arguing that these characters have a tenuous claim to a Spain dominated by the Fascists, and to a modernity increasingly dominated by technology.
00:00 - Chapter 1. Donne's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" 02:31 - Chapter 2. Historical Context of the Spanish Civil War 05:44 - Chapter 3. Low Tech and High Tech War in Robert Capa's Photographs 11:41 - Chapter 4. Voluntary versus Involuntary Associations 15:35 - Chapter 5. Seven Fold Permutation in For Whom the Bell Tolls: Involuntary Foreigners 18:40 - Chapter 6. Linguistic Alienation for Involuntary Foreigners 25:35 - Chapter 7. Robert Jordan's Place in the Community as an Involuntary Foreigner 31:40 - Chapter 8. Print Illiteracy and Literacy for Involuntary Foreigners 36:02 - Chapter 9. Technological Illiteracy for Involuntary Foreigners 44:55 - Chapter 10. The Tomorrow of the Spanish
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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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