Doubling and Incest / Repetition and Revenge: A Speculative Reading of Faulkner

Doubling and Incest / Repetition and Revenge: A Speculative Reading of Faulkner

by John T. Irwin
     
 

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When it was first published, Doubling and Incest/Repetition and Revenge proved to be a seminal work in the psychoanalytic study of Faulkner's fiction, especially of The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! This softcover reissue of John Irwin's masterful exposition unwinds the mystery of unconscious desire and doubling that inform the

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When it was first published, Doubling and Incest/Repetition and Revenge proved to be a seminal work in the psychoanalytic study of Faulkner's fiction, especially of The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! This softcover reissue of John Irwin's masterful exposition unwinds the mystery of unconscious desire and doubling that inform the novels.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Modern Literature
Breathtaking.... Makes most other psychological studies of literature and books on Faulkner look as superficial as 'Cliff's Notes.'.

— Sheldon Brivic

Salmagundi
Without doubt John Irwin's slim and elegant yet unpretentiously delivered Doubling and Incest/Repetition and Revenge is the best Faulkner criticism we have to date, and probably the best we will have for some time to come.

— Richard King

Studies in American Fiction
Readers will be tempted to devour this fascinating book at a single sitting.

— Doris L. Eder

Faulkner Studies
John Irwin has created a critical work of art. His form is musical, his informing myths are Freudian and Romantic, and his theme is the artist's revenge against time.

— George H. Gilpin

Virginia Quarterly Review
Truly prophetic.... [Irwin] has finally given us a definitive psychology of Faulknerian time.

— David M. Wyatt

American Literary Scholarship
The most exciting book of criticism on Faulkner to appear in many years.... Displays a subtler and more comprehensive understanding of the Oedipal pattern than is to be found in any previous psychoanalytic criticism of Faulkner's fiction.... Should have profound influence on Faulkner studies in the years to come.

— Karl F. Zender

Michigan Quarterly Review
One of the most complex, stimulating, and potentially controversial books in the whole range of Faulkner criticism.

— Joseph Blotner

Journal of Modern Literature - Sheldon Brivic
Breathtaking.... Makes most other psychological studies of literature and books on Faulkner look as superficial as 'Cliff's Notes.'.

Salmagundi - Richard King
Without doubt John Irwin's slim and elegant yet unpretentiously delivered Doubling and Incest/Repetition and Revenge is the best Faulkner criticism we have to date, and probably the best we will have for some time to come.

Studies in American Fiction - Doris L. Eder
Readers will be tempted to devour this fascinating book at a single sitting.

Faulkner Studies - George H. Gilpin
John Irwin has created a critical work of art. His form is musical, his informing myths are Freudian and Romantic, and his theme is the artist's revenge against time.

Virginia Quarterly Review - David M. Wyatt
Truly prophetic.... [Irwin] has finally given us a definitive psychology of Faulknerian time.

American Literary Scholarship - Karl F. Zender
The most exciting book of criticism on Faulkner to appear in many years.... Displays a subtler and more comprehensive understanding of the Oedipal pattern than is to be found in any previous psychoanalytic criticism of Faulkner's fiction.... Should have profound influence on Faulkner studies in the years to come.

Michigan Quarterly Review - Joseph Blotner
One of the most complex, stimulating, and potentially controversial books in the whole range of Faulkner criticism.

Booknews
Originally published in 1975, this edition of Irwin's psychoanalytic study of Faulkner's fiction is expanded by the addition of two essays: one examining Faulkner's self-conscious manipulation of detective story structures in the tradition originated by Poe's Dupin stories and the second focusing on Horace Benbow as a transitional figure in the development of a single character structure. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801852312
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
revised and expanded edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John T. Irwin is Decker Professor of the Humanities and chair of the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. His books include The Mystery to a Solution, American Hieroglyphics, and The Heisenberg Variations, all available from Johns Hopkins.

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