Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Marvin Peterson
Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom!, having escaped the pejorative category of “regional literature” by virtue of their technical excellence, occupy estimable positions in the main body of twentieth-century American literature. Part of the widespread interest they arouse is owing to the hold that the Old South has over the American public at large. As the precipitator of the American Civil War and as the repository of the aristocratic way of life that in its way mirrored the feudal societies of Europe, the Old South has given rise to a body of legend that is steeped in the romantic in the macabre. No other region of the United States has a history so full of misbegotten heroism and illicit purpose.
Brennan, Patrick H., "Faulkner's Satyrikon and tragic vision: "Absalom, Absalom!" and "The Sound and the Fury"" (1983). Student Work. 3256.