General Faulkner: The Roots of Yoknapatawpha

  • Biljana Oklopcic


The notion of “the American South”—antebellum South or postbellum South, Old South or New South—conjures up a whole range of responses, representations, and images. On the one hand, the South is always portrayed as romantic, old, gracious, aristocratic, classical, elevated, or glamorous. Its landmark is a white column mansion set on a hill in a grove of oaks and hickories, ash and maples, surrounded by gardens full of roses, lilacs, magnolias, and honeysuckle, with cotton plantations and servants’ cabins in the background. On the mansion’s porch sits a gentleman, behind him an angelic wife, both observing children playing. The second set of images associated with the South—centuries of economic and sexual exploitation, the bloody struggle for racial desegregation, racism, and the rigid system of race, gender, and class roles challenges to which usually did not end well—bears little resemblance to the idyllic picture described above calling attention to its violent, macho, racist, multiple, grotesque, and backward side.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Biljana Oklopcic
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  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Department of EnglishUniversity of OsijekOsijekCroatia

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