Faulkner and Material Culture

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Essays exploring the Nobel Laureate's literary uses of the worldly material around him

Essays by Charles S. Aiken, Katherine R. Henninger, T. J. Jackson Lears, Miles Orvell, Kevin Railey, D. Matthew Ramsey, Joseph R. Urgo, Jay Watson, and Patricia Yaeger

Photographs, lumber, airplanes, hand-hewn coffins--in every William Faulkner novel and short story worldly material abounds. The essays in Faulkner and ...

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Overview

Essays exploring the Nobel Laureate's literary uses of the worldly material around him

Essays by Charles S. Aiken, Katherine R. Henninger, T. J. Jackson Lears, Miles Orvell, Kevin Railey, D. Matthew Ramsey, Joseph R. Urgo, Jay Watson, and Patricia Yaeger

Photographs, lumber, airplanes, hand-hewn coffins--in every William Faulkner novel and short story worldly material abounds. The essays in Faulkner and Material Culture provide a fresh understanding of the things Faulkner brought from the world around him to the one he created.

Charles S. Aiken surveys Faulkner's representation of terrain and concludes, contrary to established criticism, that to Faulkner, Yoknapatawpha was not a microcosm of the South but a very particular and quite specifically located place. Jay Watson works with literary theory, philosophy, the history of woodworking and furniture-making, and social and intellectual history to explore how Light in August is tied intimately to the region's logging and woodworking industries.

Other essays in the volume include Kevin Railey's on the consumer goods that appear in Flags in the Dust. Miles Orvell discusses the Confederate Soldier monuments installed in small towns throughout the South and how such monuments enter Faulkner's work. Katherine Henninger analyzes Faulkner's fictional representation of photographs and the function of photography within his fiction, particularly in The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617037122
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Series: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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Joseph R. Urgo is dean of the faculty at Hamilton College.

Ann J. Abadie is associate director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. She has coedited many volumes in the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series.

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Table of Contents


Introduction   Joseph R. Urgo     ix
A Note on the Conference     xxi
Faulkner and the Passing of the Old Agrarian Culture   Charles S. Aiken     3
The Philosophy of Furniture, or Light in August and the Material Unconscious   Jay Watson     20
Dematerializing Culture: Faulkner's Trash Aesthetic   Patricia Yaeger     48
Flags in the Dust and the Material Culture of Class   Kevin Railey     68
"Touch Me While You Look at Her": Stars, Fashion, and Authorship in Today We Live   D. Matthew Ramsey     82
Order and Rebellion: Faulkner's Small Town and the Place of Memory   Miles Orvell     104
Faulkner, Photography, and a Regional Ethics of Form   Katherine R. Henninger     121
True and False Things: Faulkner and the World of Goods   T. J. Jackson Lears     139
Contributors     149
Index     151
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