This succinct, yet comprehensive account of William Faulkner's literary career, novels, and key short stories offers an imaginative topography of his efforts to reckon with his Southern past, to acknowledge its modernization, and to develop his own modernist method. Drawing on various critical approaches, it provides a coherent interpretation of the author's career, emphasizing Faulkner's receptivity to change, not just his critical resistance to it. Now available in paperback, William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South places Faulkner's art in context while concentrating on textual detail, technique, and thematic preoccupations across his career.
John T. Matthews is Professor of English at Boston University. Author of The Play of Faulkner s Language (1982) and The Sound and the Fury : Faulkner and the Lost Cause (1991), Matthews has also written numerous articles on Faulkner. He was the 2006 recipient of Boston University Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching.
List of illustrations vi Preface vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Seeing Through the South: Faulkner and the Life Work of Writing 1 1 An Artist Never Quite at Home: Faulkner's Apprehension of Modern Life 19 2 That Evening Son Go Down: The Plantation South at Twilight 77 3 Come Up: From Red Necks to Riches 124 4 The Planting of Men: The South and New World Colonialism 172 5 Seeing a South Beyond Yoknapatawpha 225 Notes 288 Bibliography 296 Index 302