Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner: Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Part II (Lecture 7 of 25) Yale | Fall 2011

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Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)

Professor Wai Chee Dimock continues her discussion of The Sound and the Fury by juxtaposing Quentin's stream-of-consciousness to his brother Benjy's narrative subjectivity. Professor Dimock argues that Faulkner uses stylistic parallels between the two sections to communicate "kinship" and "variation" between the two narrators. In her readings, she focuses on their relationship with the black characters in The Sound and the Fury, as well as their reactions to Caddy's loss of sexual innocence. She concludes with a discussion of Quentin's suicide as a reaction to the "second-hand tragedy" of Caddy's pregnancy.

Warning: This lecture contains graphic content and/or adult language that some viewers may find disturbing

00:00 - Chapter 1. Kinship: Theme and Variation
04:58 - Chapter 2. The "Tomorrow" of Race" Luster
12:37 - Chapter 3. The "Tomorrow" of Race: The Deacon
20:14 - Chapter 4. Benjy's Caddy, Quentin's Caddy
28:22 - Chapter 5. "Sister" as a Semantic Field
33:38 - Chapter 6. Conflation of Sisters
36:45 - Chapter 7. Saint Francis and Little Sister Death
43:49 - Chapter 8. second Hand Tragedy

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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