The Ink of Melancholy

The Ink of Melancholy : Faulkner's Novels from The Sound and the Fury to Light in August

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Ink of Melancholy re-examines and re-evaluates William Faulkner's work from the late 1920s to the early 1940s, one of his most creative periods. Rather than approach Faulkner's fiction through a prefabricated grid, Andre Bleikasten concentrates on the texts themselves-on the motivations and circumstances of their composition, on the rich array of their themes, structures, textures, points of emphasis and repetition, as well as their rifts and gaps-while drawing on the resources of philosophy, psychoanalysis, anthropology. Brilliant in its thought and argument, Ink of Melancholy is one of the most insightful and stimulating studies of Faulkner's more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23.62mm | 535g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0253022991
  • 9780253022998

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"Faulkner has found a critic worthy of him." -Times Literary Supplement "Unsurpassed as an act of sustained engagement with Faulkner's language." -New York Review of Booksshow more

About Andre Bleikasten

Andre Bleikasten (1933-2009) was Professor of American Literature at the University of Strasbourg, France, and a prominent Faulkner scholar. He is the author of William Faulkner: A Life through Novels. He is also known for his studies of Philip Roth, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O' more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsEditions Cited and AbbreviatedIntroduction:Masks and MirrorsPart 1: The Struggle with the Angel1. The Quest for Eurydice 2. The Agony of Dispossession3. The Young Man, Desire, and Death4. Of Time and the Unreal5. The Poison of Resentment6. An Easter without Resurrection?Part 2: Requiem for a Mother7. A "Tour de Force"8. A Dying Life, A Living Death9. Turns of Madness10. The Real and Its RepresentationsPart 3: The Blackness of Darkness11. "The Most Horrific Tale"12. Terror and Transgression13. The Madness of Bodies14. The Infernal NurseryPart 4: Versions of the Sun15. In Praise of Helen16. The Cracked Urns17. The Perils of Purity18. The Fathers19 CirclesEpilogue: Under the Sign of SaturnNotesIndexshow more

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