William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country

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LSU Press, 1963 - Literary Criticism - 499 pages
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Hailed by critics and scholars as the most valuable study of Faulkner's fiction, Cleanth Brooks's William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country explores the Mississippi writer's fictional county and the commanding role it played in so much of his work. Brooks shows that Faulkner's strong attachment to his region, with its rich particularity and deep sense of community, gave him a special vantage point from which to view the modern world.

Books's consideration of such novels as Light in August, The Unvanquished, As I Lay Dying, and Intruder in the Dust shows the ways in which Faulkner used Yoknapatawpha County to examine the characteristic themes of the twentieth century. Contending that a complete understanding of Faulkner's writing cannot be had without a thorough grasp of fictional detail, Brooks gives careful attention to "what happens: In the Yoknapatawpha novels. He also includes useful genealogies of Faulkner's fictional clans and a character index.

  

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My rating of this book is based on what I've read of it (btwn a third and half); I can only say that I wish I'd had it to hand when I slogged my way through Absalom, Absalom! (by choice, no less: I ... Read full review

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Invaluable for those who love Faulkner and want to understand his writing even more. Read full review

Contents

Yeoman Farmers
10
Faulkner as Nature Poet
29
The Community and the Pariah Light in August
47
The Old Order The Unvanquished
75
Southern Exposure Sartoris
100
Discovery of Evil Sanctuary and Requiem for a Nun
116
Odyssey of the Bundrens As I Lay Dying
141
Frenchmans Bend
167
The Story of the McCaslins Go Down Moses
244
The Community in Action Intruder in the Dust
279
History and the Sense of the Tragic
295
Man Time and Eternity The Sound and the Fury
325
The World of William Faulkner The Reivers
349
Notes
369
Genealogies
447
Character Index
453

Passion Marriage and Bourgeois Respectability
192
Faulkners Revengers Tragedy The Mansion
219

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About the author (1963)

Cleanth Brooks(1906--1994) was born in Kentucky, and educated at Vanderbilt, Tulane, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes scholar. He began his teaching career at Louisiana State University in 1932. To many minds, Brooks is the archetypal New Critic, the man whose catch phrases, critical studies, and college textbooks epitomized New Critical ideas, practice, and pedagogy.

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