A Guide to the Works of William Faulkner « Knopf Doubleday - Reading Group Center. About this guide The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group’s reading of three of William Faulkner’s greatest novels: The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Absalom, Absalom!
We hope that they will provide you with new ways of thinking and talking about three works that stand as major landmarks in the history of modern American literature, works that exemplify Faulkner’s bold stylistic and formal innovations, his creation of unforgettably powerful voices and characters, and his brilliant insight into the psychological, economic, and social realities of life in the South in the transition from the Civil War to the modern era. In their intellectual and aesthetic richness, these novels raise nearly endless possibilities for discussion. The questions below will necessarily be limited and are meant to open several, but certainly not all, areas of inquiry for your reading group. For discussion: THE SOUND AND THE FURY 1. 2. 3. 4.
Magazine Cover: William Faulkner - July 17, 1964 - Writers - Books. William Faulkner Biography. William Faulkner Reads from As I Lay Dying. Faulkner Collection, Small Library, UVa. William Faulkner's choice of a repository for the major manuscripts and personal papers in his possession at the time of his death was the University of Virginia.
His stated wish was implemented by the creation of the William Faulkner Foundation to which he arranged to bequeath his papers. They were ultimately transferred to the University under the guiding hand of Faulkner's friend, Linton R. Massey, donor of the University of Virginia Library's vast collection of Faulkner first editions, translations and all publications touching on the writer's life and work. The collection also includes audio recordings of Faulkner's speaking engagements during his time as writer-in-residence at the University of Virginia.
Two portions of Faulkner's personal library were deposited in Special Collections in July 1998 and October 2000 by his daughter, Jill Faulkner Summers. Added to the above is now the holograph manuscript of a major portion of Mosquitoes. Joan St. "When Linton R. William Faulkner (1897-1962) Contributing Editor: John Lowe Classroom Issues and Strategies Students are resistant to texts that withhold key information, to narrative that is obscure and/or convoluted, and to characters who don't seem to have "common sense.
" All of these "sins" appear in Faulkner's work. He also requires a knowledge of southern and American history that many students don't possess. Begin by emphasizing the pleasures to be gained from unraveling Faulkner's mysteries. Teachers should be prepared to answer typical questions: Students want to know if he "really thought of all those things when he was writing," referring to the hidden references we uncover in symbolism, imagery, and so on. Major Themes, Historical Perspectives, and Personal Issues Highlight Faulkner's tremendous importance as an interpreter of history--and not just southern or American history--at a critical moment when modernism emerged as a questioning, probing tool used to redefine human nature and our relationship to nature. 1. 2. 3.
Lit100_SS2. Faulkner at Virginia. Mississippi Plantation Diary That Inspired William Faulkner Discovered. William Faulkner Literary Criticism. Photo of William Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten, public domain photo Literary criticism and analysis for the twentieth-century American novelist and short-story writer William Faulkner.
Academic web sites and peer-reviewed journal articles. Links take you directly to articles. main page | 20th-century literary criticism | modernist fiction and modernism | about literaryhistory.com introduction "William Faulkner. " "Yoknapatawpha County: William Faulkner on the Web. " "'What's the Good Word' Radio Program. " "University Radio Show. " Faulkner's 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature. Kartiganer, Donald. Kinney, Arthur F. "Faulkner Link to Plantation Diary Discovered. " "Absalom, Absalom! " Faulkner pronounces "Yoknapatawpha" and explains its meaning in this youtube snippet. "A Rose for Emily" literary criticism Curry, Renee R.
Heller, Terry. Nebeker, Helen E. O'Bryan-Knight, Jean. Skinner, John L. Stone, Edward. William Faulkner : William Faulkner News and Photos. American Writers: William Faulkner. William Faulkner Nobel Prize speech. William Faulkner (1897-1962) PAL: Perspectives in American Literature - A Research and Reference Guide - An Ongoing Project © Paul P.
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June 2013 2013 Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference: “Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas” The 40th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference will take place July 21-25, 2013 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Focusing on the theme “Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas,” the conference will feature five days of lectures and discussions exploring the relationships between Faulknerâ€™s oeuvre and a hemispheric corpus of black writing, with a particular emphasis on African American literature and intellectual production from slave narrative to the contemporary era.
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