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Contributions by Ted Atkinson, Gloria J. Burgess, David A. Davis, Sarah E. Gardner, Richard Godden, Ryan Heryford, Robert Jackson, Gavin Jones, Mary A. Knighton, Peter Lurie, John T. Matthews, Myka Tucker-Abramson, Michael Wainwright, Jay Watson, and Michael Zeitlin

The matter of money touches a writer's life at every point—in the need to make ends meet; in dealings with agents, editors, publishers, and bookstores; and in the choice of subject matter and the minutiae of imagined worlds. William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha was no exception. The people and communities he wrote about stayed deeply entangled in personal, national, and even global networks of industry, commerce, and finance, as did the author himself. Faulkner's economic biography often followed, but occasionally bucked, the tumultuous economic trends of the twentieth century. The Faulkner met within these pages is among modern literature's most incisive and encyclopedic critics of what one contemporary theorist calls the madness of economic reason.

Faulkner and Money brings together a distinguished group of scholars to explore the economic contexts of Faulkner's life and work, to follow the proverbial money toward new insights into the Nobel Laureate and new questions about his art. Essays in this collection address economies of debt and gift giving in Intruder in the Dust; the legacies of commodity fetishism in Sanctuary and of twentieth-century capitalism's financial turn in The Town; the pegging of self-esteem to financial acumen in the career of The Sound and the Fury's Jason Compson; the representational challenges posed by poverty and failure in Faulkner's Frenchman's Bend tales; the economics of regional readership and the Depression-era literary market; the aesthetic, monetary, and psychological rewards of writing for Hollywood; and the author's role as benefactor to an aspiring African American college student in the 1950s.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jay Watson
  3. pp. vii-xxviii
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  1. Note on the Conference
  2. pp. xxix-xxxii
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  1. “Bookless Mississippi”
  2. Sarah E. Gardner
  3. pp. 3-14
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  1. War, Labor, and Gasoline in “Carcassonne”
  2. Michael Zeitlin
  3. pp. 15-30
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  1. The Anatomy of Thrift: Markets, Media, and William Faulkner’s Great Depression
  2. Robert Jackson
  3. pp. 31-44
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  1. Pictorialism, Prolixity, and Spatial Form in Faulkner’s Post-Hollywood Racial Imaginary
  2. Peter Lurie
  3. pp. 45-58
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  1. Financialization and Neoliberalism: A Snopes Genealogy
  2. John T. Matthews
  3. pp. 59-77
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  1. Legacy: The Currency of Eternity
  2. Gloria J. Burgess
  3. pp. 78-89
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  1. The Friction of Money: Poverty and Failure in Early Faulkner
  2. Gavin Jones
  3. pp. 90-109
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  1. Too Small to Fail: Jason Compson’s Precarious Self-Worth
  2. Ted Atkinson
  3. pp. 110-121
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  1. What Price a “Cheap Idea”? Money, Sanctuary, and Its Intertexts
  2. Richard Godden
  3. pp. 122-137
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  1. Mink Snopes’s Shavasana: Body, Relation, and Exchange in Faulkner’s Economies of Being
  2. Ryan Heryford
  3. pp. 138-155
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  1. Faulkner’s Stores: Microfinance and Economic Power in the Postbellum South
  2. David A. Davis
  3. pp. 156-168
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  1. The Gifted Presence of Intruder in the Dust
  2. Michael Wainwright
  3. pp. 169-185
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  1. Racial Debts, Individual Slights, and Sleights of Hand in Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust
  2. Mary A. Knighton
  3. pp. 186-207
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  1. Answering the Call: Telephonic Fascism and Faulkner’s Angel of History
  2. Myka Tucker-Abramson
  3. pp. 208-230
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 231-234
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781496822567
Related ISBN
9781496822529
MARC Record
OCLC
1085663895
Pages
276
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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