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A Companion to William Faulkner

ISBN: 978-1-4051-2224-5
554 pages
January 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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This comprehensive Companion to William Faulkner reflects the current dynamic state of Faulkner studies.
  • Explores the contexts, criticism, genres and interpretations of Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner, arguably the greatest American novelist.
  • Comprises original essays written by leading scholars.
  • Guides readers through the plethora of critical approaches to Faulkner over the past few decades.
  • Exemplifies current Faulkner scholarship, as well as critically reflecting on previous interpretations.
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    Notes on Contributors.

    Acknowledgments.

    Introduction.

    Richard C. Moreland.

    Part I: Contexts:.

    1. A Difficult Economy: Faulkner and the Poetics of Plantation Labor: Richard Godden (University of Sussex).

    2. "We're Trying Hard as Hell to Free Ourselves": Southern History and Race in the Making of William Faulkner's Literary Terrain: Grace Elizabeth Hale (University of Virginia) and Robert Jackson (University of Virginia).

    3. A Loving Gentleman and the Corncob Man: Faulkner, Gender, Sexuality, and The Reivers: Anne Goodwyn Jones (University of Mississippi).

    4. "C'est Vraiment Dégueulasse": Meaning and Ending in A bout de souffle and If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem: Catherine Gunther Kodat (Hamilton College).

    5. The Synthesis of Marx and Freud in Recent Faulkner Criticism: Michael Zeitlin (University of British Columbia).

    6. Faulkner’s Lives: Jay Parini (Middlebury College).

    Part II: Questions:.

    7. Reflections on Language and Narrative: Owen Robinson (University of Essex).

    8. Race as Fact and Fiction in William Faulkner: Barbara Ladd (Emory University).

    9. "Why Are You So Black?" Faulkner's Whiteface Minstrels, Primitivism, and Perversion: John N. Duvall (Purdue University).

    10. Shifting Sands: The Myth of Class Mobility: Julia Leyda (Sophia University, Tokyo).

    11. Faulkner’s Families: Arthur F. Kinney (University of Massachusetts).

    12. Changing the Subject of Place in Faulkner: Cheryl Lester (University of Kansas).

    13. The State: Ted Atkinson (Augusta State University).

    14. Violence in Faulkner’s Major Novels: Lothar Hönnighausen (University of Bonn).

    15. An Impossible Resignation: William Faulkner’s Post-Colonial Imagination: Sean Latham (University of Tulsa).

    16. Religion: Desire and Ideology: Leigh Anne Duck (University of Memphis).

    17. Cinematic Fascination in Light in August: Peter Lurie (University of Richmond).

    18. Faulkner’s Brazen Yoke: Pop Art, Modernism, and the Myth of the Great Divide: Vincent Allan King (Black Hills State University).

    Part III: Genres and Forms:.

    19. Faulkner’s Genre Experiments: Thomas L. McHaney (author).

    20. “Make It New”: Faulkner and Modernism: Philip Weinstein (Swarthmore College).

    21. Faulkner’s Versions of Pastoral, Gothic, and the Sublime: Susan V. Donaldson (College of William and Mary).

    22. Faulkner, Trauma, and the Uses of Crime Fiction: Greg Forter (University of South Carolina).

    23. William Faulkner’s Short Stories: Hans H. Skei (University of Oslo).

    24. Faulkner’s Non-Fiction: Noel Polk (Mississippi State University).

    25. Faulkner’s Texts: Noel Polk (Mississippi State University).

    Part IV: Sample Readings:.

    26. “By It I Would Stand or Fall”: Life and Death in As I Lay Dying: Donald M. Kartiganer (University of Mississippi).

    27. Faulkner and the Southern Arts of Mystification in Absalom, Absalom!: John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California).

    28. “The Cradle of Your Nativity”: Codes of Class Culture and Southern Desire in Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy: Evelyn Jaffe Schreiber (George Washington University).

    Part V: After Faulkner:.

    29. “He Doth Bestride the Narrow World Like a Colossus”: Faulkner’s Critical Reception: Timothy P. Caron (California State University).

    30. Faulkner, Latin America, and the Caribbean: Influence, Politics, and Academic Disciplines: Deborah Cohn (Indiana University).

    31. Faulkner’s Continuance: Patrick O’Donnell (Michigan State University).

    Index

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    Richard C. Moreland is Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, and former Director of Graduate Studies in English at Louisiana State University. His previous publications include Faulkner and Modernism: Rereading and Rewriting (1990) and Learning from Difference: Teaching Morrison, Twain, Ellison, and Eliot (1999).
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    • A Companion to William Faulkner, arguably the greatest American novelist
    • Reflects the current dynamic state of Faulkner studies
    • Written by leading Faulkner scholars
    • Guides readers through the plethora of critical approaches to Faulkner over the past few decades
    • Coherently organised around: contexts; questions; genres and forms; sample readings; and responses
    • Combines demonstrations of current scholarship with critical reflections on previous interpretations.
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