Chapter 4. The Planting of Men: The South and New World Colonialism

  1. John T. Matthews

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306026.ch4

William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South

William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South

How to Cite

Matthews, J. T. (2009) The Planting of Men: The South and New World Colonialism, in William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306026.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405124812

Online ISBN: 9781444306026

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Keywords:

  • Faulkner described the startling transformations that modernity brought to the world - that life itself is motion;
  • South and New World Colonialism;
  • Faulkner's plantation fiction unflinchingly confronts what it means for the South to have been misbegotten in slavery;
  • In Absalom, Absalom! - Faulkner imagines human beings as instruments of labor and commodities of exchange dooming a society to concussions of brutality, domination, and revenge;
  • all women in Absalom become casualties of male designs;
  • plantation South and its heirs - that they always knew their edifice to be founded on the sands of “oppression and exploitation”;
  • Isaac McCaslin also confronts a nightmarish tangle of “moral brigandage” and insult at bedrock of the Old South;
  • Faulkner initiates the reader into the tragicomedy of Southern evasion in the first story of Go Down, Moses