Faulkners Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns by Philip M. WeinsteinFaulkners Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns by Philip M. Weinstein

Faulkners Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns

byPhilip M. Weinstein

Paperback | May 15, 2008

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Faulkner's Subject offers a reading of William Faulkner for our time, and does so by rethinking his masterpieces through the lenses of current critical theory. The book attends equally to the power of his work and to the current theoretical issues that would call that power into question. Drawing on poststructuralist, ideological, and gender theory, Weinstein examines the harrowing process of "becoming oneself" at the heart of these novels. This self is always male, and it achieves focus only through strategically mystifying or marginalizing women and blacks. The cosmos he called his own--the textual world he produced, of which he would be "sole owner and proprietor"--merges as a cosmos no one owns, a verbal territory also generated (and biased) by the larger culture's discourses of gender and race. Like personal identity itself, it is a cosmos no one owns.

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Title:Faulkners Subject: A Cosmos No One OwnsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521062136

ISBN - 13:9780521062138

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Map; Introduction; 1. Gender; 2. Race; 3. Subjectivity; 4. Culture: a cosmos no one owns; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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"Philip Weinstein has written a brilliant, candid, timely book, not just about Faulkner as a writer but also about Faulkner as a changing institution of reading and teaching." Richard C. Moreland, Modern Fiction Stories