New Essays On The Sound And The Fury by Noel PolkNew Essays On The Sound And The Fury by Noel Polk

New Essays On The Sound And The Fury

EditorNoel Polk

Paperback | October 29, 1993

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William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury met with only limited success when published in 1929, probably due to its fragmented, non-chronological structure. Since, however, it has become one of the most popular of Faulkner's novels, serving as a litmus paper upon which critical approaches have tested themselves. In the introduction to this volume Noel Polk traces the critical responses to the novel from the time of its publication to the present day. The essays that follow present contemporary reassessments of The Sound and the Fury from a variety of critical perspectives. Dawn Trouard offers us the women of The Sound and the Fury, reading against the grain of the predominant critical tradition that sees the women through the lens of masculine cultural biases. Donald M. Kartiganer comes to terms with the ways in which the novel simultaneously attracts readers and resists readings. Richard Godden discusses the relationship between incest and miscegenation. Noel Polk examines closely the way Faulkner experiments with language.
Noel Polk was born in 1943. He was a professor, literary scholar, critic and poet. He was Emeritus Professor of English at Mississippi State University and editor of the Mississippi Quarterly. Polk was best known for his editorial and critical work on William Faulkner and his critical work on Eudora Welty. He co-edited five volumes of ...
Title:New Essays On The Sound And The FuryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:October 29, 1993Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521457343

ISBN - 13:9780521457347

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction Noel Polk; 2. Faulkner's text which is not one Dawn Trouard; 3. Now I can write: Faulkner's novel of invention Donald M. Kartiganer; 4. Quentin Compson: Tyrrhenian vase or crucible of race Richard Godden; 5. Trying not to say: a primer of the language of The Sound and the Fury Noel Polk; Notes; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"Not only do these essays provide us with terrific readings of Faulkner's great novel, but they also allow us to peer into the sometimes murky depths of current theory and practice....[A]s interesting for the critical desires they express as for their extraordinary readings of The Sound and the Fury." James M. Mellard, Mississippi Quarterly