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Figures of Division

William Faulkner's Major Novels, 1st Edition

By James A. Snead


254 pages

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Originally published in 1986. William Faulkner’s major novels represent one of the earliest American explorations into the paradoxes inherent in both literary discourse and racial segregation in the American South. Figures of Division demonstrates that these works reject conventional divisions and a social and linguistic deception, and discover a reality where people merge across social boundaries. This analysis of Faulkner’s narrative discourse shows for the first time that the mechanisms of social division profoundly affect both the content and the form of his major novels.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction 2. The Sound and the Fury (1929) 3. As I Lay Dying (1930) 4. Light in August (1932) 5. Absalom, Absalom! (1936) 6. The Hamlet (1940) 7. Go Down, Moses (1942) 8. Conclusion: The Late Novels; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The American Novel

The 16 volumes in this set, originally published between 1963 and 1996, explore the American Novel, with a focus on several of the most influential authors in U.S. history. The volumes examine the works of Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The titles in this set also explore the recurring themes in American Literature, particularly that of the ‘American Dream’. This set will be of interest to students of Literature and American History.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General