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Faulkner's Media Romance

Julian Murphet


This book reassesses William Faulkner’s engagement with modern media technologies and transportation systems. It argues that Faulkner’s inveterate interest in figures of flight, automobiles, radio, phonographs, photographs, and other modern techno-media was secretly motivated by a profound and ongoing aesthetic tug of war in his writing. He resolved this tension between artistic modernism and the vanished worlds of antebellum romance by a recourse to tropes borrowed from the modern media system. These tropes masked his investment in romance materials, giving it a modern overlay, and allowed hi ... More

Keywords: modernism, William Faulkner, the novel, media ecology, transportation and literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190664244
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190664244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Murphet, author
Director of the Centre for Modernism Studies, University of New South Wales, Australia