5. Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Part II





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Published on Apr 5, 2012

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)

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

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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