Children of the Dark House: Text and Context in Faulkner [NOOK Book]

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Polished and refitted into a new critical matrix, these essays by a distinguished Faulkner editor and scholar in no way resemble the casual self-anthologizing often encountered. Polk's stature as a critic meshes neatly with his work as an editor; his patent joy at the very sight of Faulkner manuscripts is inspiriting, and his professed commitment to Freudian readings is borne lightly (that is, expressed in sensible, jargon-free discourse that ...

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Overview

Polished and refitted into a new critical matrix, these essays by a distinguished Faulkner editor and scholar in no way resemble the casual self-anthologizing often encountered. Polk's stature as a critic meshes neatly with his work as an editor; his patent joy at the very sight of Faulkner manuscripts is inspiriting, and his professed commitment to Freudian readings is borne lightly (that is, expressed in sensible, jargon-free discourse that is both witty and brilliant).
--J. M. Ditsky, Choice

First published in 1996, this book by a major scholar of William Faulkner's writings collects choice selections of his Faulkner criticism from the past fifteen years. Its publication underscores the significance of his indispensable work in Faulkner studies, both in criticism and in the editing of Faulkner's texts.

Here, Polk's focus is mainly upon the context of Freudian themes, expressly in the works written between 1927 and 1932, the period in which Faulkner wrote and ultimately revised Sanctuary, a novel to which Polk has given concentrated study during his distinguished career. He has connected the literature with the life in a way not achieved in previous criticism. Although other critics, notably John T. Irwin and Andre Bleikasten have explored Oedipal themes, neither perceived them as operating so completely at the center of Faulkner's work as Polk does in these essays.

Noel Polk, a professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the editor of the definitive texts of Faulkner's works. He also is one of the most notable scholars of Eudora Welty's works and the author of Eudora Welty: A Bibliography of Her Work (University Press of Mississippi)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781604736052
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,241,531
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pleasure of the Texts
Where the Comma Goes: Editing William Faulkner 3
Children of the Dark House 22
Trying Not to Say: A Primer on the Language of The Sound and the Fury 99
The Artist as Cuckold 137
Ratliff's Buggies 166
Woman and the Feminine in A Fable 196
Man in the Middle: Faulkner and the Southern White Moderate 219
Faulkner at Midcentury 242
Works Cited 273
Index 283
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