By John N. Duvall
because the Nineteen Sixties, William Faulkner, Mississippi's most famed writer, has been well-known as a significant determine of foreign modernism. yet may perhaps Faulkner's fiction be understood on the subject of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow in addition to James Joyce's Ulysses?
In 11 essays from the 1999 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha convention, held on the collage of Mississippi, Faulkner and Postmodernism examines William Faulkner and his fiction in mild of postmodern literature, tradition, and concept. the quantity explores the diversity of how Faulkner's artwork can be utilized to degree similarities and ameliorations among modernism and postmodernism.
Essays within the assortment fall into 3 different types: those who use Faulkner's novels to be able to mark a interval contrast among modernism and postmodernism, those who see postmodern developments in Faulkner's fiction, and those who learn Faulkner during the lens of postmodern theory's modern legacy, the sphere of cultural stories.
so as to make their specific arguments, essays within the assortment examine Faulkner to extra modern novelists equivalent to Ralph Ellison, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Toni Morrison, and Kathy Acker. yet no longer the entire comparisons are to excessive tradition artists, on account that even Elvis Presley turns into Faulkner's foil in a single of the essays.
quite a few theoretical views body the paintings during this quantity, from Fredric Jameson's pessimistic experience of postmodernism's percentages to Linda Hutcheon's conviction that cultural critique can proceed in postmodernism via cutting edge new types comparable to metafiction. regardless of different theoretical premises and detailed conclusions of the person authors of those essays, Faulkner and Postmodernism proves once more that during the foremost debates surrounding twentieth-century fiction, Faulkner is a vital determine.
John N. Duvall, an affiliate professor of English at Purdue college, is the editor of Modern Fiction Studies.
Ann J. Abadie is affiliate director of the heart for the learn of Southern tradition on the college of Mississippi.
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