William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism

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Few twentieth-century writers are as revered as William Faulkner. This collection brings together the best literary criticism on Faulkner from the last six decades, detailing the imaginative and passionate responses to his still-controversial novels. By focusing on the criticism rather than the works, Linda Wagner-Martin shows the primary directions in Faulkner’s influence on critics, writers, and students of American literature today. This invaluable volume reveals the patterns of change in literary criticism ...

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Overview

Few twentieth-century writers are as revered as William Faulkner. This collection brings together the best literary criticism on Faulkner from the last six decades, detailing the imaginative and passionate responses to his still-controversial novels. By focusing on the criticism rather than the works, Linda Wagner-Martin shows the primary directions in Faulkner’s influence on critics, writers, and students of American literature today. This invaluable volume reveals the patterns of change in literary criticism over time, while exploring the various critical streams—language theory, feminism, deconstruction, and psychoanalysis—that have elevated Faulkner’s work to the highest rank of the American literary pantheon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870136122
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 421
  • Sales rank: 762,480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Wagner-Martin holds the Hanes Chair of American Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has received Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, and Rockefeller Fellowships and has served as president of the American literature section of the MLA, and as president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Recent Theoretical Approaches
"So I, Who Never Had a War ...": William Faulkner, War, and the Modern Imagination 3
Unquiet Ghosts: Memory and Determinism in Faulkner 29
"He was getting it involved with himself": Identity and Reflexivity in William Faulkner's Light in August and Absalom, Absalom! 45
"Like a lady I et": Faulkner, Food, and Femininity 59
Pt. II Feminist, Woman-Centered, and Sexualized Approaches
The Abjection of Addie and Other Myths of the Maternal in As I Lay Dying 83
A Measure of Innocence: Sanctuary's Temple Drake 105
"All That Matters Is That I Wrote the Letters": Discourse, Discipline, and Difference in Requiem for a Nun 127
(Re) Reading Faulkner as Father and Daughter of His Own Text 153
Faulkner and the Politics of Incest 173
The "Incredibly Loud ... Miss-fire": A Sexual Reading of Go Down, Moses 199
Pt. III The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom!, the Enduring Core
The Comic Structure of The Sound and the Fury 213
Faulkner's Commedia: Synecdoche and Anagogic Symbolism in The Sound and the Fury 219
Faulkner's Family Dilemma: Quentin's Crucible 235
Jason Compson: The Demands of Honor 253
Opening Pandora's Box: Re-reading Compson's Letter and Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! 271
Absalom, Absalom!: The Movie 293
Pt. IV Style, Humor, Genre, and Influence
Faulkner's Narrative Styles 313
Why Did the Snopeses Name their Son "Wallstreet Panic"? Depression Humor in Faulkner's The Hamlet 333
Knight's Gambit: Poe, Faulkner, and the Tradition of the Detective Story 355
Madame Bovary and Flags in the Dust: Flaubert's Influence on Faulkner 377
From Oxford: The Novels of William Faulkner 397
Index 415
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