Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Invisible SubjectsAsian America in Postwar Literature$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Heidi Kim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456252

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456252.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 26 May 2022

The Foreign Faulkner

The Foreign Faulkner

The Mississippi Chinese in Faulkner’s South

(p.130) 4 The Foreign Faulkner
Invisible Subjects

Heidi Kim

Oxford University Press

William Faulkner’s imagined small county in Mississippi has grown to represent the US South and the racial turmoil of generations imbricated in the long legacy of slavery. But in the last few decades, not only have Faulkner and Southern studies looked more at diverse and global interpretations of Faulkner, but the Mississippi Delta Chinese population has become an important part of the study of racialization in the South. This chapter particularly examines the historical and literary role that the Chinese play as parties neither black nor white. The interstitial positioning of the Chinese American population parallels the skillful use of foreignness and outsiderness in Faulkner’s works, most particularly in Light in August, in which the ambiguously raced protagonist exists as a foreigner until he irretrievably falls within the racial binary. Faulkner makes use of the Chinese at pivotal moments to discuss the intrusion and socioeconomic containment of a foreign presence, which his characters see will lead to a mixed-race future.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Light in August, Mississippi, Mississippi Delta, Chinese Americans, US South

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .