Faulkner's Gambit: Chess and Literature

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

byMichael Wainwright

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In an interdisciplinary approach that combines interpretive theory with the sociology and psychology of games, Faulkner's Gambit examines the chess structures, motifs, and imagery in William Faulkner's only novella, situating this critically neglected work within both a historical and literary context. This study traces the rise to prominence of chess in America from its promotion as a self-actualizing and socially beneficial tool by Benjamin Franklin to its prebellum height with the legendary exploits of the nineteenth-century Louisianan maestro Paul Morphy.

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In an interdisciplinary approach that combines interpretive theory with the sociology and psychology of games, Faulkner's Gambit examines the chess structures, motifs, and imagery in William Faulkner's only novella, situating this critically neglected work within both a historical and literary context. This study traces the rise to pro...

Michael Wainwright completed his PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London and has taught courses on twentieth-century American Literature at the University of London, Staffordshire University, and the University of Birmingham. A two-time winner of the Faulkner Conference 'Call for Papers,' his publications include Darwin and Faulkn...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:230 pages, 9.23 × 5.64 × 0.72 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230338607

ISBN - 13:9780230338609

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Before Morphosis* Nascent Morphosis* Continued Morphosis* Inside Morphosis* Within Morphosis* Subsumed Morphosis

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'This is an assured and highly original study of one of William Faulkner's most neglected works. Exposing the nineteenth-century chess master from New Orleans Paul Morphy as a key source of inspiration for Faulkner's conception of Gavin Stevens, Wainwright argues successfully for a reassessment of 'Knight's Gambit' as a key text in our understanding of the novelist's personal accommodation of postmodernism. At the same time, he provides a range of historically and theoretically informed insights into the engagement of twentieth-century literature with structuralist and poststructuralist thinking—as well into as the psychology of chess as a game. My hat goes off to him.'—David Rogers, Head of School of Humanities, Kingston University'This study fills a critical absence in Faulkner studies and brings to that gap a fresh, innovative, and verifiable approach . . . Wainwright enters entirely new territory with this study . . . I recommend it highly.' - Joseph Urgo, Professor of English and President, St. Mary's College of Maryland