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Where will the study of William Faulkner's writings take scholars in the new century? What critical roads remain unexplored?

Faulkner in the Twenty-first Century presents the thoughts of ten noted Faulkner scholars who spoke at the twenty-seventh annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference at the University of Mississippi. Theresa M. Towner attacks the traditional classification of Faulkner's works as "major" and "minor" and argues that this causes the neglect of other significant works and characters. Michael Kreyling uses photographs of Faulkner to analyze the interrelationships of Faulkner's texts with the politics and culture of Mississippi.

Barbara Ladd and Deborah Cohn invoke the relevance of Faulkner's works to "the other South," postcolonial Latin America. Also approaching Faulkner from a postcolonial perspective, Annette Trefzer looks at his contradictory treatment of Native Americans.

Within the tragic fates of such characters as Quentin Compson, Gail Hightower, and Rosa Coldfield, Leigh Ann Duck finds an inability to cope with painful memories. Patrick O'Donnell examines the use of the future tense and Faulkner's growing skepticism of history as a linear progression. To postmodern critics who denigrate "The Fire and the Hearth," Karl F. Zender offers a rebuttal. Walter Benn Michaels contends that in Faulkner's South, and indeed the United States as a whole, the question of racial identification tends to overpower all other issues. Faulkner's recurring interest in frontier life and values inspires Robert W. Hamblin's piece.

Robert W. Hamblin is a professor of English and the director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. Ann J. Abadie is associate director at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. A Note on the Conference
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Opening Remarks
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. The Roster, the Chronicle, and the Critic
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century: Boundaries of Meaning, Boundaries of Mississippi1
  2. pp. 14-30
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  1. William Faulkner, Edouard Clissant, and a Creole Poetics of History and Body in Absalom, Absalom! and A Fable
  2. pp. 31-49
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  1. Faulkner and Spanish America: Then and Now*
  2. pp. 50-67
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  1. Postcolonial Displacements in Faulkner's Indian Stories of the 1930s
  2. pp. 68-88
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  1. Haunting Yoknapatawpha: Faulkner and Traumatic Memory
  2. pp. 89-106
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  1. Faulkner's Future Tense: A Critique of the Instant and the Continuum
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. Lucas Beauchamp's Choices*
  2. pp. 119-136
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  1. Absalom, Absalom!: The Difference between White Men and White Men
  2. pp. 137-153
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  1. Beyond the Edge of the Map: Faulkner, Turner, and the Frontier Line
  2. pp. 154-171
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 172-173
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781604730425
Related ISBN
9781578065134
MARC Record
OCLC
55153869
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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