Chapter 5. Seeing a South Beyond Yoknapatawpha

  1. John T. Matthews

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306026.ch5

William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South

William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South

How to Cite

Matthews, J. T. (2009) Seeing a South Beyond Yoknapatawpha, in William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306026.ch5

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405124812

Online ISBN: 9781444306026



  • Faulkner's fiction Seeing a South Beyond Yoknapatawpha;
  • Faulkner's fiction through Go Down, Moses tends primarily to be diagnostic about race – figuring out its roots in plantation slavery;
  • Faulkner's post-World War II South - traditional privilege of whites to imagine blacks as they chose;
  • Blackness was felt as an unfamiliar absence - African Americans experiencing courtesies and regard from whites;
  • Chick experiencing sensation of black self-representation when he inspects the portrait of himself Lucas displays;
  • Faulkner pursuing question of guilt and shame in Requiem for a Nun (1950) - hybrid of narrative prose and dramatic dialogue;
  • From the opening page of Requiem, the unifying theme of American history appears to be plunder;
  • Faulkner globalizes Snopesism as a Cold War drama;
  • In A Fable - Faulkner exaggerates the tyranny that an interconnected mafia exerts over world affairs