Faulkner and History

Edited by Jay Watson
and James G. Thomas, Jr

264 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 6 b&w illustrations, introduction, index

9781496809971 Printed casebinding $65.00S

978-1-4968-2349-6 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $65.00

Paper, $30.00


Contributions by W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Jordan Burke, Rebecca Clark, James C. Cobb, Anna Creadick, Colin Dayan, Wai Chee Dimock, Sarah E. Gardner, Hannah Godwin, Brooks E. Hefner, Andrew B. Leiter, Sean McCann, Conor Picken, Natalie J. Ring, and Calvin Schermerhorn

William Faulkner remains a historian's writer. A distinguished roster of historians have referenced Faulkner in their published work. They are drawn to him as a fellow historian, a shaper of narrative reflections on the meaning of the past; as a historiographer, a theorist, and dramatist of the fraught enterprise of doing history; and as a historical figure himself, especially following his midcentury emergence as a public intellectual after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. This volume brings together historians and literary scholars to explore the many facets of Faulkner's relationship to history: the historical contexts of his novels and stories; his explorations of the historiographic imagination; his engagement with historical figures from both the regional and national past; his in uence on professional historians; his pursuit of alternate modes of temporal awareness; and the histories of print culture that shaped the production, reception, and criticism of Faulkner's work.

Contributors draw on the history of development in the Mississippi Valley, the construction of Confederate memory, the history and curriculum of Harvard University, twentieth-century debates over police brutality and temperance reform, the history of modern childhood, and the literary histories of antislavery writing and pulp fiction to illuminate Faulkner's work. Others in the collection explore the meaning of Faulkner's fiction for such professional historians as C. Vann Woodward and Albert Bushnell Hart. In these ways and more, Faulkner and History offers fresh insights into one of the most persistent and long-recognized elements of the Mississippian's artistic vision.

JAY WATSON, Oxford, Mississippi, is Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies and professor of English at the University of Mississippi. He is the editor of Conversations with Larry Brown, Faulkner and Whiteness, and coeditor of Faulkner's Geographies and Fifty Years after Faulkner (published by University Press of Mississippi). JAMES G. THOMAS, JR., Oxford, Mississippi, is associate director for publications at the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He is editor of Conversations with Barry Hannah (published by University Press of Mississippi) and an editor for the twentyfour-volume New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

264 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 6 b&w illustrations, introduction, index