Originally published in 1984. William Faulkner is the most studied American author of our time. This volume presents a collection of some of the best critical essays on William Faulkner’s ninth novel Absalom, Absalom!. Numerous approaches are represented; among them are theme studies, close readings, psychological studies, source studies, structural studies, and analyses of style and narrative technique.
Series Editor’s Preface; Preface; Introduction; 1. ‘Strange Gods’ in Jefferson, Mississippi: Analysis of ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ Richard Poirier 2. The Myriad Perspectives of ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ Arthur L. Scott 3. The Epic Design of ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ James H. Justus 4. What Happens in ‘Absalom, Absalom!’? Floyd C. Watkins 5. ‘Absalom, Absalom!’: The Extended Simile James Guetti 6. The Puzzling Design of ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ Duncan Aswell 7. Faulkner’s ‘Mythology’ Walter Brylowski 8. The Biblical Background of Faulkner’s ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ John V. Hagopian 9. Children of the Idea: Heroes and Family Romances in ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ T. H. Adamowski 10. ‘Absalom, Absalom!’: The Novel as Historiography Carl E. Rollyson, Jr. 11. ‘We Have Waited Long Enough’: Judith Sutpen and Charles Bon Elisabeth Muhlenfeld 12. The Narrative Voice and Function of Shreve: Remarks on the Production of Meaning in ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ François Pitavy; Bibliography
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.