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William Faulkner — arguably one of America’s greatest novelist, and Nobel Laureate in 1949 — launched his career as a Joyce-inspired modernist.
As a lifelong Southerner, however, Faulkner found his supreme subject in his country’s ordeal of race. Following the poetic stream of consciousness of The Sound and the Fury (1929), the fallout of racial brutality in the South coils at the center of Light in August (1932), the human cost of racism attains its furthest historical and emotional resonance in Absalom, Absalom! (1936) and Go Down, Moses (1942), evincing Faulkner’s widest grasp of America’s racial nightmare. As we try once again to come to grips with the truth of our history — Faulkner presents a unique challenge. He allows us to consider at once the strengths and the limitations of a 20th-century white Southerner’s understanding of race in America.
Each novel will be explored for three sessions:
Light in August on November 15, November 29, and December 13.
Absalom, Absalom! on January 17, January 31, and February 14
Go Down, Moses on February 28, March 14, and March 28
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Michael Gorra is the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College and the editor of the Norton Critical Editions of As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury. His Portrait of Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His new book is The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War, “a momentous and thrilling book,” writes John Banville.
Reading Faulkner with Philip Weinstein
Philip Weinstein has served as the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor Emeritus at Swarthmore, where he taught seminars in Modern Comparative Literature, as well as a range of courses in American and British fiction. In addition to his recent courses on Joyce and Kafka at the 92nd Street Y, he has taught and written on Faulkner’s work for decades. He served as President of the William Faulkner Society from 1997 to 2000, and his Becoming Faulkner received the Hugh Holman Award as the best book published in 2010 on Southern Literature.
Reading Kafka with Philip Weinstein
Namwali Serpell, Elleza Kelley and Saidiya Hartman