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Published on Apr 5, 2012
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)
Professor Wai Chee Dimock positions her reading of Tender Is the Night alongside F. Scott Fitzgerald's career as a Hollywood screenwriter. She shows how the novel borrows narrative techniques from film, particularly flashback, "switchability" on a macro and micro scale, and montage. Invoking the theories of Sergei Eisenstein, she reads scenes of wartime death and individual murder to show how love and war are cross-mapped, superimposed onto one another as part of the narrative fabric of Tender Is the Night.
00:00 - Chapter 1. "Ode to a Nightingale" and the Glamor of Tender Is the Night 03:47 - Chapter 2. The Influence of Hollywood on Fitzgerald's Work 08:28 - Chapter 3. The Publication History of Tender Is the Night 12:01 - Chapter 4. Switchability on the Micro Scale 18:00 - Chapter 5. "Hard" and "Pitiful" 27:20 - Chapter 6. Montage as a Narrative Technique 32:51 - Chapter 7. The Superimposition of Love and War on a Macro Scale 39:19 - Chapter 8. The Superimposition of Love and War on the Micro Scale 43:38 - Chapter 9. A Cinematic Rendition of Murder