Faulkner's Questioning Narratives

Faulkner's Questioning Narratives : Fiction of His Major Phase, 1929-42

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Focusing on the core novels, including "The Sound and the Fury", "Absalom, Absalom!", "Sanctuary", "Light in August 2003", and "Go Down, Moses", David Minter illuminates Faulkner's mature fiction: the tensions at play within the fiction and the creativity not only exhibited by the author but also extended to his characters and required of his readers. Faulkner's achievement, Minter contends, was in combining daring experiments in form with searching examinations of grave social, political, and moral problems. His novels change and expand the role of the reader by means of proliferating narratives that lead to questions rather than answers and to approximation rather than resolution. Minter shows how this process at times implicates the reader in the corruption and violence of the story, as when the reader is required to fill in - out of his or her own experience - the crucial gaps left in the narrative of Sanctuary. Positioning Faulkner on the cusp between modernist and postmodernist writing, Minter shows how his methods undercut the self-contained exclusivity of the New Criticism by integrating the world of the novel with the reader's experience of history and culture.show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 151.9 x 226.1 x 14mm | 285.77g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025207193X
  • 9780252071935

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"The culmination of decades of thinking and writing about Faulkner... allowing readers access to the new insights and carefully considered conclusions of a veteran Faulkner scholar." American Literatureshow more

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