As Faulkner himself and the authors of these essays insist, the South is part of the United States and ultimately a part of Western society. Rather than considering Faulkner as an isolated southern oddity who inexplicably wrote important fiction, these authors explore why Faulkner's ""Southerness"" made him universal.
They do not attempt to draw a one-to-one relationship between Mississippi and Yoknapatawpha or to reduce Faulkner to the status of a fictionalizing sociologist recording the life of an area. Daniel Aaron, for example, traces the historical relationship of the South to the rest of the United States and to England, isolates a talent for the concrete and particular as a trait maintained longer in the South than in other regions, and suggests that Faulkner, in embodying his universal insights in a concrete setting and society, was at once most Southern and most universal.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 338 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
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