Since the Sixties, William Faulkner, Mississippi’s most renowned writer, has been well-known as a imperative determine of foreign modernism. yet may possibly Faulkner’s fiction be understood in terms of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow in addition to James Joyce’s Ulysses?
In 11 essays from the 1999 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha convention, held on the collage of Mississippi, Faulkner and Postmodernism examines William Faulkner and his fiction in mild of postmodern literature, tradition, and concept. the amount explores the range of the way Faulkner’s artwork can be utilized to degree similarities and modifications among modernism and postmodernism.
Essays within the assortment fall into 3 different types: those who use Faulkner’s novels so that it will mark a interval contrast among modernism and postmodernism, those who see postmodern trends in Faulkner's fiction, and people who learn Faulkner throughout the lens of postmodern theory’s modern legacy, the sector of cultural studies.
In order to make their specific arguments, essays within the assortment examine Faulkner to extra modern novelists equivalent to Ralph Ellison, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Toni Morrison, and Kathy Acker. yet now not the entire comparisons are to excessive tradition artists, considering even Elvis Presley turns into Faulkner’s foil in a single of the essays.
A number of theoretical views body the paintings during this quantity, from Fredric Jameson’s pessimistic feel of postmodernism’s probabilities to Linda Hutcheon’s conviction that cultural critique can proceed in postmodernism via leading edge new kinds reminiscent of metafiction. regardless of the several theoretical premises and specified conclusions of the person authors of those essays, Faulkner and Postmodernism proves once more that during the main debates surrounding twentieth-century fiction, Faulkner is an important figure.