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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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Faulkner and the World Culture of the Global South

Faulkner and the World Culture of the Global South

(p.469) 29 Faulkner and the World Culture of the Global South
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Ramón Saldívar

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between William Faulkner and the world culture of the “global South.” It begins by discussing the relevance of a trans-American context to many of Faulkner's novels and his participation in transnational crossings. It then considers the trans-Atlantic aspects of modernism, the links between modernisms and modernists in the Americas, and Faulkner's connection with the issues of coloniality and postcoloniality. It also examines Latin America's underdevelopment and dependency using dependency theory, along with Faulkner's focus on the dependency of the South to the processes of modernization. Finally, the chapter analyzes three of Faulkner's works: The Sound and the Fury (1929), Light in August (1932), and Absalom, Absalom! (1936).

Keywords:   novels, William Faulkner, world culture, global South, modernism, Latin America, dependency, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August

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