William Faulkner: The Making of a Modernist

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Nov 9, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages
Amid all that has been published about William Faulkner, one subject--the nature of his thought--remains largely unexplored. But, as Daniel Singal's new intellectual biography reveals, we can learn much about Faulkner's art by relating it to the cultural and intellectual discourse of his era, and much about that era by coming to terms with his art. Through detailed analyses of individual texts, from the earliest poetry through Go Down, Moses, Singal traces Faulkner's attempt to liberate himself from the repressive Victorian culture in which he was raised by embracing the Modernist culture of the artistic avant-garde. To accommodate the conflicting demands of these two cultures, Singal shows, Faulkner created a complex and fluid structure of selfhood based on a set of dual identities--one, that of a Modernist author writing on the most daring and subversive issues of his day, and the other, that of a southern country gentleman loyal to the conservative mores of his community. Indeed, it is in the clash between these two selves, Singal argues, that one finds the key to making sense of Faulkner.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The First William Falkner
Poplars and Peacocks Nymphs and Fauns
Fierce Small and Impregnably Virginal
Discovering Yoknapatawpha
All Things Become Shadowy Paradoxical
Into the Void
The Dark House of Southern History
Ruthless and Unbearable Honesty
The Writing of Go Down Moses
Coda
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Daniel J. Singal, author of The War Within: From Victorian to Modernist Thought in the South, is professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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