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Interactive video lesson plan for: 14. Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying, Part II

Activity overview:

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)

Professor Wai Chee Dimock traces Faulkner's appropriation of the epic genre through two conventions: the blurring of boundaries between humans and non-humans and the resurrection of the dead. She first reads Faulkner's minor character Tull and his relation to both mules and buzzards to draw out the "nature of manhood in poor whites." From Tull, she shifts focus to Jewel and suggests that his kinship with the snake and the horse foregrounds the narrative secrecy of Jewel's genealogy. As Addie Bundren's monologue reveals, Jewel's illegitimate father, the Reverend Whitfield, is similarly identified with both the horse, as the animal he rides, and the snake, whose Edenic behavior he parallels in his affair with Addie.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Humans and Non-Humans
03:50 - Chapter 2. The Epic Tradition and Homer's Cyclops
07:56 - Chapter 3. Cross-Species Kinship in Circe's Magic and Dante's Inferno
09:48 - Chapter 4. Tull's Animal Identification in As I Lay Dying
16:19 - Chapter 5. The Epic Function of Mules
21:55 - Chapter 6. Poor Whites as Buzzards
25:12 - Chapter 7. Jewel as Snake and Horse
28:22 - Chapter 8. The Mythic Horse, the Snake, and Scattered Representation
34:22 - Chapter 9. The Secretive Narrative of Jewel's Horse
42:10 - Chapter 10. The Epic Convention of Raising the Dead

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Fall 2011.

Tagged under: Faulkner,modernism epic tradition,Homer,Dante,Tull,Jewel,cross-species kinship,mule,buzzard,horse,snake,Whitfield

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