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Author: Margaret Donovan Bauer

Title: William Faulkner's Legacy

Subtitle: "What shadow, what stain, what mark"

Place: Gainesville, FL

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Year: 2005

Pages: 255pp.

ISBN-10: 081302854X – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0813030773 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Literature / Pat Conroy, Elizabeth Dewberry, William Faulkner


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Author: Margaret D. Bauer, Department of English, East Carolina University


  Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  introduction   Crossing the Tracks of the Dixie Limited: Overcoming Anxiety of Influence and Filling in the Blanks (p. 1)
  chapter 1   Cross-Country Corpses in Faulkner, Barthelme, and McMurtry (p. 13)
  chapter 2   Miss Jane is Still Not in the History Books: Gender, Race, and Class Discrimination in the Fiction of Faulkner and Gaines (p. 43)
  chapter 3   The Sterile New South: Hurston's Contemporaneous Deconstruction of the Paradigm (p. 94)
  chapter 4   Resounding Truths in Absalom, Absalom! and Song of Solomon: Exploring Epistemology with Faulkner and Morrison (p. 112)
  chapter 5   No Mere Endurance Here: The Prevailing Woman's Voice in Lee Smith's Oral History (p. 133)
  chapter 6   Rape Fantasies vs. Rape Realities: More Skeletons Coming Out of Southern Closets (p. 160)
  chapter 7   Don't Just Sit There; Do Something: Frustration with Faulkner from Glasgow to Gautreaux (p. 177)
  Notes (p. 193)
  Bibliography (p. 225)
  Index (p. 243)


»This fresh approach to Faulkner's canon examines his fiction in relation to other writers of the South whose works echo but also supplement, revise, respond to, and even correct his depictions of the South. Whether working at the same time or two generations after Faulkner, these writers tackle similar issues--the liberal white male, the southern lady, African-Americans, and the nonaristocrat.
From Ellen Glasgow and Zora Neale Hurston to Ernest Gaines, Toni Morrison, and new writers like Elizabeth Dewberry and Tim Gautreaux, many southern writers have used the same tropes, plots, and archetypes as Faulkner, to different effect. Margaret Bauer argues that they seem to have understood more quickly than the critics that Faulkner was only one voice of one part of the South and that there were more stories to tell and more people who could tell them.
Using a variety of critical techniques, Bauer offers a new avenue toward understanding the literary response to southern history. Among the most important contributions of this book is its re-examination of Faulkner's white male liberal prototype, who feels powerless to effect change and relieve the oppression of African-Americans and women in the South. Viewing such a character from the point of view of the oppressed illuminates the cowardice of these privileged men, who were previously lauded for their liberal consciousness or sympathized with for their frustration over their impotence. Bauer also offers a thorough reading of the main body of Ernest Gaines’s canon.« (Source: University Press of Florida)


Fujino, Koichi. The Faulkner Journal of Japan No. 9 (October 2007). – Full Text: The William Faulkner Society of Japan (Free Access)

Hagood, Taylor. American Literature 79(3) (September 2007): 618-620. – Full Text: Duke University Press (Restricted Access)

Towner, Theresa M. South Central Review 25(1) (Spring 2008): 172-173. – Full Text: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)

Wikipedia: Pat Conroy: The Prince of Tides (novel); William Faulkner: Sanctuary (Faulkner novel)