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William Faulkner “A Rose for Emily”
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Who Is William Faulkner? Faulkner as an avant-garde modernist writer Invoking Hellenic spirit Reevaluation of existing values Nietzschean mode of tragedy Affirmation of life (births and destructions) Freud’s rewriting and repetition of the past split personality between now and then Faulkner as a Southern writer (?) converting Southern history into legend upholding the moral values of the agrarian “community” as the central value
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Major Works The Sound and Fury (1929) As I Lay Dying (1930) Light in August (1932) Absalom, Absalom! (1936) All these works are rooted in Faulkner’s fictional Mississippi county, Yoknapatawpha .
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Faulkner’s fictional world of Yoknapatawpha and literary modernism A definition of modernism : “Modernist texts carry within them a potentially radical cultural displacement that opens up the spectrum of received signification system.” Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha ---an imaginary recreation intended to displace the real-territory and “received signification system”. Yoknapatawpha--- A lens through which he could examine the practices, folkways, and attitudes that had divided and united the people of the South since the nation’s inception.
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Faulkner was particularly interested in exploring the moral implications of history . As the South emerged from the Civil
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