The Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner

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This collection of essays explores key dimensions of Faulkner's widespread cultural import. Drawing on a wide range of cultural theory, ten major Faulkner scholars examine closely the enduring whole of Faulkner's oeuvre in clearly written and intellectually provocative essays. Bringing into focus the broader cultural contexts that give his work its resonance, the collection will be particularly useful for the student seeking a critical introduction to Faulkner, while serving also the dedicated scholar interested in discerning recent trends in Faulkner criticism. Together, these essays map Faulkner's present-day meaning by exploring his relations to modernism and postmodernism, to twentieth-century mass culture, to European and Latin American fiction, to issues of gender difference, and, above all, to the conflicted scene of U.S. race relations. Neither assuming in advance his literary "greatness" nor insisting that his canonical status be revoked, the essays ask instead, What is at stake, today, in reading Faulkner? What company does he keep? In what ways does his work intersect with current debates on race and gender? How does his practice respond to today's questions about the individual subject's insertion within broader cultural activities? Why, in short, should we read him now?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521421676
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Chronology of William Faulkner's Life and Works
Abbreviations for Texts Cited
Introduction 1
1 Faulkner and Modernism 17
2 Faulkner and Postmodernism 31
3 Faulkner and the Culture Industry 51
4 Faulkner from a European Perspective 75
5 Looking for a Master plan: Fulkner, Paredes, and the Colonial and Postcolonial Subject 96
6 Racial Awareness and Arrested Development: The Sound and the Fury and the Great Migration (1915-1928) 123
7 Race in Light in August: Wordsymbols and Obverse Reflections 146
8 Absalom, Absalom!: (Un)Making the Father 168
Conclusion: The Stakes of Reading Faulkner - Discerning Reading 197
Works Cited 221
Index 231
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