Reading Faulkner

Reading Faulkner

It is written in a style that compared to the rest of Faulkner is straightforward , clear , without long , wrap - around ... So the reader I was went along without misgiving , wondering I suppose why I was reading a story about a woman ...

Author: Richard Marius

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 157233603X

Category: Literary Criticism

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Reading Faulkner: Introductions to the First Thirteen Novels is a collection of lectures by Harvard University professor and nationally known novelist and biographer Richard Marius. Marius had been charged with the task of teaching an introductory course on Faulkner to undergraduates in 1996 and 1997. Combining his love of Faulkner's writing with his own experiences as an author and teacher, Marius produced a series of delightful lectures-which stand on their own as sparkling, well-rounded essays-that help beginning students in understanding the sometimes difficult work of this celebrated literary master. An expository treatment of Faulkner's major works, Reading Faulkner comprises essays that are arranged in roughly chronological order, corresponding to Faulkner's development as a writer. In a way sure to captivate the imagination of a new reader of Faulkner, Marius explicates themes in Faulkner's work, and he sheds light on the larger social history that marked Faulkner's literary production. In addition, Marius is a southerner who grew up a couple of generations after Faulkner and, like Faulkner, turned his own world into the setting for his fiction. This unique perspective, combined with Marius's thorough readings of the novels, grounded in basic Faulkner criticism, provides an engaging and accessible self-guided tour through Faulkner's career. Reading Faulkner is perfect for students from high school through the undergraduate level and will be enjoyed by general readers as well. Richard Marius (1933-1999) taught at the University of Tennessee before heading Harvard's expository writing program from 1978 to 1998. He was the author of Thomas More, Martin Luther: The Christian between God and Death, and four novels about his native East Tennessee. Nancy Grisham Anderson is an associate professor of English at Auburn University, Montgomery. She is the author of The Writer's Audience: A Reader for Composition and the editor of They Call Me Kay: A Courtship in Letters, and Wrestling with God: The Meditations of Richard Marius. She was a longtime friend of Richard Marius.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Reading Faulkner

Reading Faulkner

On numerous occasions before and after the inception of this series, we spent hours with each other and with other Faulkner scholars reading the novels aloud, pausing to parse out a difficult passage, to look up a word we didn't ...

Author: Hugh Ruppersburg

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878057320

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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Explaining the world of William Faulkner's Light in August is the primary goal of this glossary. Like other books in this series, it explains, identifies, and comments on many elements that a reader may find unfamiliar or difficult. These include the basic features of Faulkner's fictional town of Jefferson and Yoknapatawpha County, colloquialisms, dialects, folk customs and sayings, farm implements, biblical verses, and geographic and demographic details. Written especially for puzzled readers, teachers of Faulkner, graduate students, and interpretive scholars, the Reading Faulkner books offer terms and explications that reveal the richly cultural world in Faulkner's major works. Page references throughout are keyed to the definitive editions of Faulkner published by Library of America and to the Vintage editions prepared from the Library of America tapes. Hugh M. Ruppersburg, head of the English department at the University of Georgia, is the author of Voice and Eye in Faulkner Fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Reading Faulkner

Reading Faulkner

The general argument advanced by the Morrises in this ambitious work revolves around the idea that William Faulkner is deeply critical of the prevailing Southern myth and discourse; furthermore, that his narratives are an attempt to ...

Author: Wesley Morris

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299122204

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 259

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The general argument advanced by the Morrises in this ambitious work revolves around the idea that William Faulkner is deeply critical of the prevailing Southern myth and discourse; furthermore, that his narratives are an attempt to discover and amplify alternative voices within that dominant milieu. Those voices and the stories they tell are most often those of the unprivileged in race, class, and gender--the black, the poor white, the woman, the neurotic, and so forth--who act out the disintegration of Southern culture even as they may be said to hold it together in a communal act of mythmaking. This "reading" thus makes the case (a largely revisionary one) for Faulkner as a fully engaged political writer, a writer embroiled in the process of the subversion and dissolution not only of dominant Southern myth, but of dominant Southern reality as well. Structured in the way Faulkner imagined his entire fictional universe--as a single narrative--Reading Faulkner's incremental design results in a "story" that has much of the drive and force of Faulkner's "story" itself.
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Reading Faulkner Collected Stories

Reading Faulkner  Collected Stories

The introduction sets the stories in the collection within the contexts of Faulkner's career and the criticism of it , while the series preface explains the history and goals of the Reading Faulkner project as a whole .

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Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604737247

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Reading Faulkner s Best Short Stories

Reading Faulkner s Best Short Stories

Reading Faulkner's Best Short Stories provides readers with an introduction to Faulkner as a short story writer and offers close readings of twelve of his best short stories selected on the basis of literary quality as representatives of ...

Author: Hans H. Skei

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570032866

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 263

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Reading Faulkner's Best Short Stories provides readers with an introduction to Faulkner as a short story writer and offers close readings of twelve of his best short stories selected on the basis of literary quality as representatives of his most successful achievements within the genre.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Reading Faulkner

Reading Faulkner

Reading Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom! offers a close examination and interpretation of the novel.

Author: Joseph R. Urgo

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604734353

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Absalom, Absalom! has long been regarded as one of William Faulkner's most difficult, dense, and multilayered novels. It is, on one level, the story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him." On another level, the book narrates the tragedy that befalls the entire Sutpen family and that tragedy's legacy that continues well into the twentieth century and beyond. The novel's intricate, demanding prose style, and its haunting dramatization of the South's intricate, demanding history make it a masterpiece of twentieth-century American literature. Reading Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom! offers a close examination and interpretation of the novel. Here difficult words and cultural terms that might prove to be a problem for general readers are explained and keyed to page numbers in the definitive Faulkner text (Library of America and Vintage editions). The authors place Faulkner's novel in its historical context, while also connecting it to his other works.
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Reading William Faulkner Go Down Moses Big Woods

Reading William Faulkner  Go Down  Moses   Big Woods

... experience of reading Faulkner's extraordinary prose. All references to Faulkner's novels are to the five-volume Library of America edition. 1. William Faulkner, 1897–1962 The place of biography in criticism 8 Reading William Faulkner.

Author: John Lennard

Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

ISBN: 9781847601988

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 105

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Faulkner is notoriously a 'difficult' writer to study, especially for first-time readers. This Literature Insight begins with three chapters clearly setting out the important facts of his life, mapping the people and history of his recurrent fictional setting, Yoknapatawpha County, and analysing the oddities and problems of his prose style. Later chapters turn directly to his great novel 'Go Down, Moses' and his later collection 'Big Woods', dealing in detail with each story and the intertexts and showing how they connect and add up to something much more than loose collections. Readers new to Faulkner will find it a very helpful introduction to his world, and those already familiar with him a valuable resource.
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Reading and Interpreting the Works of William Faulkner

Reading and Interpreting the Works of William Faulkner

1 A tribute in National Review read: “Faulkner wrote for the ages ... Yoknapatawpha did not exist before, but every literary map of the future will show just where it is.”2 When Joseph Blotner wrote a biography of Faulkner, ...

Author: Debra Mcarthur

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766073548

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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Living in the southern United States during the civil rights movement, William Faulkner’s work is fraught with depictions of life in the changing South. Through the interpretation of key details of his life, as well as direct quotations and analysis of his word choice and themes, readers will learn how to examine and comprehend Faulkner’s writing for themselves.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Faulkner s Artistic Vision

Faulkner s Artistic Vision

On Horace , Popeye , Clarence , and laws , see Arnold and Trouard , Reading Faulkner : " Sanctuary , " 94 , 147 , 205 , 234 ; Duvall , Marginal Couple , 74 ; and Polk , Children , 59 . 51. On Gowan and hair - oil , see Arnold and ...

Author: Ryūichi Yamaguchi

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838640141

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 317

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Although William Faulkner's imagination is often considered solely tragic, it actually blended what Faulkner himself called the bizarre and the terrible. Not only did Faulkner's vision encompass both comedy and tragedy; it perceived a latent humor in tragedy and vice versa. As a result, Faulkner's fiction is seldom simply comic or simply tragic. Faulkner's comedy incorporates tragedy and despair, and the humor in his novels may serve as well to intensify as to relieve a tragic or horrific effect. This study examines Faulkner's first nine novels, from Soldiers' Pay to Absalom, Absalom!, showing how humor is used to express theme: how it appears in the action, characters, and discourse of each novel; and how it contributes to the overall effect of each novel. In each case, even in the most pained and angry novels, Faulkner's practice of humor expresses his view that humor is an inseparable element of human experience. Ryuichi Yamaguchi is Professor of English and American literature at the Aichi University in Japan.
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William Faulkner

William Faulkner

The 'Reading Faulkner' series, published by the University Press of Mississippi (Jackson). Titles include: Reading Faulkner: 'Light in August' (ed. Hugh Ruppersburg, 1994). Reading Faulkner: 'The Unvanquished' (eds.

Author: D. Rampton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230581975

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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Despite all the studies devoted to William Faulkner, he continues to be variously perceived. Focussing on his fiction, this study of Faulkner's multifaceted literary life explores the distinctive blend of continuity and innvoation that characterizes his novels and looks at the extensive and varied reactions they have elicited.
Categories: Literary Criticism