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Thursday, February 18, 2016

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“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?

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