Games of Property: Law, Race, Gender, and Faulkner's Go Down, Moses

Games of Property: Law, Race, Gender, and Faulkner's Go Down, Moses

by Thadious M. Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 082233139X

ISBN-13: 9780822331391

Pub. Date: 07/07/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Games of Property, distinguished critic Thadious M. Davis provides a dazzling new interpretation of William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Davis argues that in its unrelenting attention to issues related to the ownership of land and people, Go Down, Moses ranks among Faulkner’s finest and most accomplished works. Bringing together

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In Games of Property, distinguished critic Thadious M. Davis provides a dazzling new interpretation of William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Davis argues that in its unrelenting attention to issues related to the ownership of land and people, Go Down, Moses ranks among Faulkner’s finest and most accomplished works. Bringing together law, social history, game theory, and feminist critiques, she shows that the book is unified by games—fox hunting, gambling with cards and dice, racing—and, like the law, games are rule-dependent forms of social control and commentary. She illuminates the dual focus in Go Down, Moses on property and ownership on the one hand and on masculine sport and social ritual on the other. Games of Property is a masterful contribution to understandings of Faulkner’s fiction and the power and scope of property law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822331391
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/07/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Game of Genre1
1The Game of Challenge43
2The Object of Property77
3The Game of Boundaries119
4The Subject of Property174
5Conclusion: The Game of Compensation223
Notes263
Bibliography309
Index330

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