Teaching Faulkner

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Teaching Faulkner

“I decline to accept the end of man,” wrote William Faulkner in his 1950 Nobel Prize Speech. “I believe man will not simply endure; he will prevail.” But what exactly are the ultimate ends of Faulkner’s fiction? What visions of human justice and human solidarity do Faulkner’s writings foresee, and what role does the fiction writer play in effecting such ends? How can teaching and reading Faulkner help us navigate our world now, and how also may we learn from Faulkner’s emphasis on the dead-ends and dead hands of the past? Conflicts and contradictions of psychology and society, official history and suppressed truth, distorted language and confused chronology, and lethally punishing codes of race, gender, class, and sexuality make Faulkner’s fiction a world in which, in his words, “The past is never dead, it’s not even past.” Focusing on the stories “A Rose for Emily,” “Dry September,” and “Pantaloon in Black” as well as his Nobel Prize Speech, this seminar will explore the relationship between what Faulkner sought to do in his fiction and the factors that frustrated those aspirations.

Webinar Instructor: Peter Mallios

Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland

Save the Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

4–5:30PM Pacific

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