Faulkner's Media Romance

Faulkner's Media Romance

by Julian Murphet


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This book treats William Faulkner's major fiction—from Flags in the Dust through to Absalom, Absalom!—to a searching reappraisal under the spotlight of a media-historical inquiry. It proposes that Faulkner's inveterate attraction to the paradigms of romance was disciplined and masked by the recurrent use of metaphorical figures borrowed from the new media ecology. Faulkner dressed up his romance materials in the technological garb of radio, gramophony, photography, and cinema, along with the transportational networks of road and air that were being installed in the 1920s. His modernism emerges from a fraght but productive interplay between his anachronistic predilection for chivalric chich s and his extraordinarily knowledgeable interest in the most up-to-date media institutions and forms. Rather than see Faulkner as a divided author, who worked for money in the magazines and studios while producing his serious fiction in despite of their symbolic economies, this study demonstrates how profoundly his mature art was shot through with the figures and dynamics of the materials he publicly repudiated. The result is a richer and more nuanced understanding of the dialectics of his art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190077808
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julian Murphet is the Director of the Centre for Modernism Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of four books, most recently Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American Avant-Garde (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Modernism and the Absent Event of Romance

Chapter 1. A Folklore of Speed

Chapter 2. Affect and Spatial Dynamics in Flags in the Dust and The Sound and the Fury

Chapter 3. Currents of Consciousness; or, my mother is a graphophone

Chapter 4. The Negative Plate, or Absalom, Absalom! and the camera's voice

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