And nothing hurt HUM 2052: Civilization II Spring 2012 Dr. Perdigao April 18-20, 2012 Keep Listening • Englishness/Americanness: Derby as “head American”; Campbell on Americans—as Nazi • Bertrard Copeland Rumfoord, Harvard history professor, as roommate in hospital • “Official accounts” • Rumfoord writing a one-volume history of the United States Army Air Corps in World War II (184), as “readable condensation of the twenty- seven-volume Official History of the Army Air Force in World War II” (191) into one volume; Truman’s announcement that an atomic bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima (1939—science and atomic energy ), read by Rumfoord’s wife Lily • Lily brings Rumfoord David Irving’s The Destruction of Dresden (1964)(186), accounts of attack, destruction, and casualties Keep Listening • Rumfoord’s plan to include the bombing of Dresden, as nothing has been included in the “official history”; it will now be told from the “official Air Force standpoint” (191) • “‘I was there’” (191): Echolalia • Epigraph (197): Christmas carol—Vonnegut references the epigraph • Inability to cry over events • Story of Christ, resurrection? • Rumfoord: “‘It had to be done’” and “‘That’s war’” (197) Keep Listening • The Big Board (201); Jesus, time machine (202) • Magazine with “What really became of Montana Wildhack?” (204); pictures… grainy images (locket); photo with Shetland pony (205) • Literary critics discussing if novel is dead… bury the novel (205-206) • Montana Wildhack—blue movie, says one with Edgar Derby (207): what is reality and what is fiction? • Assassinations of Robert Kennedy (1968), Martin Luther King Jr. (1968) • Return to Darwin, over Christ for Tralfamadorians (210) • 2 days after city destroyed, digging, Derby killed, then at end return to coffin-shaped wagon (215), war is over, horses • Digging began, new technique, no more corpse mines (213-218) Endings? • Ilium—as Troy—question of heroism, those that try to be heroic are ridiculous. Cult of heroism as leading to war • 60s—anti-authoritarian • Past—smuggled back in, held up on wall, ruined cathedrals, smudged paintings • Yearning and attack on past—ambivalence, mix of nostalgia and criticism • Novel of exposure • How can people remember? How can we write about it?
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