ENG 264 Faulkner

Michael Gorra, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

The sustained explosion of Faulkner's work in the dozen-odd years between The Sound and the Fury and Go Down, Moses has no parallel in American literature.  He explored the microtones of consciousness and conducted the most radical of experiments in narrative form.  At the same time he relied more heavily on the spoken vernacular than anyone since Mark Twain, and he made his "little postage stamp of native soil" in northern Mississippi stand for the world itself.  We will read the great novels of his Yoknapatawpha cycle, examining the linked and always problematic issues of race, region, and remembrance in terms of the forms he invented to deal with them.