William Faulkners Absalom, Absalom!: A Casebook

Paperback | September 11, 2003

EditorFred Hobson

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Absalom, Absalom! has long been seen as one of William Faulkner's supreme creations, as well as one of the leading American novels of the twentieth century. In this collection Fred Hobson has brought together eight of the most stimulating essays on Absalom, essays written over a thirty-yearspan which approach the novel both formally and historically. Here are critical responses by Cleanth Brooks, John Irwin, Thadious Davis, and Eric Sundquist, as well as four essays published in the last decade. The casebook concludes with Faulkner's own remarks on the novel, delivered in a discussionwith students at the University of Virginia. What emerges from all the selections is a rich and suggestive treatment of a work which Faulkner himself called "the best novel yet written by an American" and a less biased critic has called "the greatest American novel of the century... joiningMoby-Dick and Huckleberry Finn at the pinnacle of American fiction."

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Absalom, Absalom! has long been seen as one of William Faulkner's supreme creations, as well as one of the leading American novels of the twentieth century. In this collection Fred Hobson has brought together eight of the most stimulating essays on Absalom, essays written over a thirty-yearspan which approach the novel both formally an...

Fred Hobson is Professor of English and Lineberger Professor of Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:September 11, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Cleanth Brooks: History and the Sense of the Tragic2. John Irwin: Repetition and Revenge3. Thadious Davis: The Signifying Abstraction: Reading "The Negro" in Absalom, Absalom!4. Eric Sundquist: Absalom, Absalom! and the House Divided5. Minrose Gwin: The Silencing of Rosa Coldfield6. Dirk Kuyk, Jr.: Sutpen's Design7. Barbara Ladd: "The Direction of the Howling": Nationalism and the Color Line in Absalom, Absalom!8. Absalom, Absalom!, Haiti and Labor History: Reading Unreadable Revolution: Richard Godden9. William Faulkner: Remarks on Absalom, Absalom!Suggested Reading