Regional Faulkner: Faulkner and the South

  • Biljana Oklopcic


Dealing with the roots of Yoknapatawpha, the preceding chapter opened, among other things, a discursive space on the issues Faulkner’s fictional as well as the actual South was struggling with—race and gender subordination resting on the stereotypical and biased interpretation. This chapter attempts to further the insights touched upon in the previous chapter by exploring regional, i.e., Southern, gender, and race concepts and issues Yoknapatawpha was “burdened” with: the idea of white Southern womanhood and the various aspects of Southern “whiteness” as a property ideology. Faulkner made an enormous effort to understand the vicissitudes of Southern race issues in two of his masterpieces—Absalom, Absalom! and Light in August, both discussing the idea of “whiteness” as a property ideology as the interaction between race and property that establishes “a form of property contingent on race” (Harris 1993, 1716).


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

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