Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2008Description: 1 online resource (220 p.)ISBN: 9781604733235Subject(s): American literature --Southern States --History and criticism | Faulkner, William, --1897-1962 --Criticism and interpretation | Literature and society --Southern States --History --20th century | Southern States --In literature | Southern States --Intellectual life | Welty, Eudora, --1909-2001 --Criticism and interpretation | Women and literature --Southern States --History --20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary TraditionDDC classification: 813/.52 LOC classification: PS3511.A86Z946353 2008Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Preface; Abbreviations; Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition; How Shreve Gets in to Quentin's Pants; Faulkner in the Luxembourg Gardens; Testing Masculinity in the Snopes Trilogy; Reading Blood and History in Go Down, Moses; Faulkner and the Commies; War and Modernism in A Fable; Scar; Water, Wanderers, and Weddings: Going to Naples and to No Place; The Landscape of Alienation in "Old Mr. Marblehall"; Domestic Violence in "The Purple Hat," "Magic," and "The Doll"; The Ponderable Heart; Works Cited; Index
As one of the preeminent scholars of southern literature, Noel Polk has delivered lectures, written journal articles and essays, and discussed the rich legacy of the South''s literary heritage around the world for over three decades. His work on William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, and other writers is incisive and groundbreaking. His essays in Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition maintain an abiding interest in Polk''s major area of literary study: the relationship between the smaller units of construction in a literary work and the work''s larger themes. The analysis of this interplay between commas and dashes, curious occlusions, passages, and characters who have often gone unnoticed in the critical discourse--the bricks and mortar, as it were--and a work''s grand design is a crucial aspect of Polk''s scholarship. Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition collects Polk''s essays from the late-1970s to 2005. Featuring an introduction that places Faulkner and Welty at the center of the South''s literary heritage, the volume asks useful, probing questions about southern literature and provides insightful analysis. Noel Polk is professor of English at Mississippi State University and editor of the Mississippi Quarterly . From 1981 to 2006, he edited the Library of America''s complete edition of William Faulkner''s novels. He is the author of Outside the Southern Myth ; Children of the Dark House: Text and Context in Faulkner ; and Eudora Welty: A Bibliography of Her Work .
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CHOICE ReviewThis volume collects lectures that cover aspects of these two authors that Polk (Mississippi State Univ.) designates in his introduction "the smaller units of a literary work." The contents range in date from recent to 1979 (the older work has been "reconstituted"), and of the essays following the first, from which the book title is taken, seven deal with William Faulkner, four with Eudora Welty. Perhaps because most if not all of these pieces were written as lectures, they share an element of insubstantiality, which reduces their effect as scholarly essays. Mechanisms that served the lecturer well (the sudden intrusion of spontaneous subjectivity, the Freudian smirk, the breathless mimicry of Faulknerian prose style) here attempt unsuccessfully to bear a heavier burden of sense. Although no one will object to lightheartedness in criticism, assuming a patronizing tone when criticizing Faulkner is dangerous, even for an eminent scholar and Faulkner editor like Polk. This book documents a critical tendency that is understandable in view of the massive accumulations of often meaningless secondary material about great authors, but surely that mountain of text does not license critics to overindulge in subjectivity, as Polk does here. Summing Up: Not recommended. R. W. Haynes Texas A&M International University
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Noel Polk was born in 1943. He was a professor, literary scholar, critic and poet. He was Emeritus Professor of English at Mississippi State University and editor of the Mississippi Quarterly. Polk was best known for his editorial and critical work on William Faulkner and his critical work on Eudora Welty. He co-edited five volumes of Faulkner¿s novels with biographer Joseph Blotner for The Library of America.
He passed away in 2012 at his home in Jackson Mississippi.
(Bowker Author Biography)