Faulkner at Fifty: Tutors and Tyros

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Marie Liénard-Yeterian, Gérald Préher
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, May 2, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
2012 commemoration ceremonies included strange bedfellows, as the year marked the 50th anniversary of the deaths of both Marilyn Monroe and William Faulkner. The Faulkner commemoration events were an opportunity for scholars to honor not just the memory of the writer, but also the memory of dear departed members of the “Faulkner community” – a community of past readers and lovers of Faulkner’s oeuvre. Divided into three parts, this collection first focuses on ways of teaching Faulkner, and then endeavors to show how the Mississippi writer made use of his knowledge of other writers to give shape to his craft and later help others. The last section puts Faulkner into perspective by bringing together new ways of reading his works and new voices that echo his. The twenty-first century shows how Faulkner’s fiction can be dislodged from its traditional moorings, dislocated and placed in movement, and transformed and tutored into new meanings and significance. This volume is a tribute to the memory of Noel Polk, André Bleikasten and Michel Gresset, pioneers in charting the course of the Faulkner journey.


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Marie Liénard-Yeterian is Full Professor of American Literature and Cinema at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. Her major fields of research are Southern literature, American theatre and the American South in film. Her publications include articles on Faulkner, O’Connor, Gaines, Williams, Ray and Cormac McCarthy, and Deliverance, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Cold Mountain, No Country for Old Men and The Help, and Cape Fear. She has published Faulkner et le cinéma (2010) and A Streetcar Named Desire: From Pen to Prop, Play and Film (2012). She co-authored with Gérald Préher a book on the Southern Gothic and Grotesque, titled Nouvelles du Sud: Hearing Voices, Reading Stories (2012), and co-edited Le Sud au cinéma (2009). She is currently working on a book on the Grotesque on screen.

Gérald Préher is an Assistant Professor at the Institut Catholique de Lille, France. He defended a doctoral dissertation entitled “The Timelessness of the Past in Southern Literature as Presented in Works by Walker Percy, Peter Taylor, Shirley Ann Grau and Reynolds Price”, and has written several essays on American and Southern literature. He has also co-edited books on Southern short stories, on writers such as Ernest Gaines, Richard Ford and John Steinbeck, on religion in American literature, and on women writers in the South. He is currently working on Elizabeth Spencer, Joan Williams and Lisa Alther.

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