The New Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner offers contemporary readers a sample of innovative approaches to interpreting and appreciating William Faulkner, who continues to inspire passionate readership worldwide. The essays here address a variety of topics in Faulkner's fiction, such as its reflection of the concurrent emergence of cinema, social inequality and rights movements, modern ways of imagining sexual identity and behavior, the South's history as a plantation economy and society, and the persistent effects of traumatic cultural and personal experience. This new Companion provides an introduction to the fresh ways Faulkner is being read in the twenty-first century, and bears witness to his continued importance as an American and world writer.
John T. Matthews is Professor of English at Boston University. His previous books include The Play of Faulkner's Language, The Sound and the Fury: Faulkner and the Lost Cause, and William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South. Matthews's articles on Faulkner and Southern literature have appeared in such journals as Texas Studies in Language and Literature, American Literature, American Literary History, and Philological Quarterly.
1. New media ecology Julian Murphet; 2. History's dark markings: Faulkner and film's racial representation Peter Lurie; 3. 'What moves at the margin': William Faulkner and race Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman; 4. Faulkner and biopolitics Patricia E. Chu; 5. As I Lay Dying and the modern aesthetics of ecological crisis Susan Scott Parrish; 6. Faulkner and trauma: on Sanctuary's originality Greg Forter; 7. Queer Faulkner: whores, queers, and the transgressive south Jaime Harker; 8. Faulkner and southern studies Melanie Benson Taylor; 9. The Faulkner factor: influence and intertextuality in south fiction since 1965 Martyn Bone; 10. They endured: the Faulknerian novel and post-45 American fiction Benjamin Widiss; 11. A new region of the world: Faulkner, Glissant, and the Caribbean Hugues Azerad; 12. The Faulknerian anthropocene: scales of time and history in The Wild Palms and Go Down, Moses Ramon Saldivar and Sylvan Goldberg; 13. Reading Faulkner in and beyond postcolonial studies: 'There is nowhere for us to go now but east' Randy Boyagoda.