English 190

Research Seminar: William Faulkner's Temporalities


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
12 Spring 2019 Hale, Dorothy J.
TTh 3:30-5 211 Dwinelle

Book List

Faulkner, W.: Absalom, Absalom!; Faulkner, W.: Light in August; Faulkner, W.: The Sound and the Fury; Hemingway, E.: In Our Time; Toomer, J.: Cane; Woolf, V.: Mrs. Dalloway

Other Readings and Media

A required Course Reader is available through Copy Central.

Description

Jean-Paul Sartre has famously compared Faulkner’s sense of time to “a man sitting in a convertible and looking back.”   From this perspective, Sartre contends, the only view is that of the past, made “hard, clear and immutable” in its isolation.  Yet if Faulkner writes with a gaze fixed on the Southern past, his historical consciousness has been shaped by the experience of time in the modern moment—an idea Sartre nicely conveys through the figure of the convertible ride.

This seminar explores the complex registers of time in Faulkner’s major novels.  Special attention will be given to the relationship between the social experience of time represented in Faulkner’s story worlds and the readerly experience of narrative time created through Faulkner’s innovative handling of narrative.  To gain a better sense of the literary models that influenced Faulkner, we will also read a few key works by other modernist writers. 

A course reader includes essays by thinkers who helped to shape the modern understanding of time as well as literary critical works that will help us understand Faulkner’s narrative practice.  Students will be guided through the planning and execution of a fifteen-page paper, due at the end of the term.

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