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Title:
A companion to Faulkner studies
Author:
Peek, Charles A.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
xiv, 417 pages ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Mythic and archetypal criticism / Robert W. Hamblin -- Historical criticism / Theresa M. Towner -- Formalist criticism / Matthew Ramsey -- Biographical criticism / Kevin Railey -- Modernist criticism / Debrah Raschke -- Postmodern criticism / Terrell L. Tebbetts -- Cultural criticism / Peter Lurie -- Psychological criticism / Doreen Fowler -- Feminist and gender criticism / Caroline Carvill -- Rhetorical and reader-response criticism / Pamela Knights -- Popular-culture criticism / Thomas Inge -- Textual criticism / Amy E.C. Linnemann and Philip Cohen -- Thematic criticism / Charles A. Peek.
ISBN:
9780313320309
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Book

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Summary

Faulkner scholarship is one of the largest critical enterprises currently at work. Because of its size and scope, accessing that scholarship has become difficult for scholars, students, and general readers alike. This reference includes chapters on individual approaches to Faulkner studies, including archetypal, historical, biographical, feminist, and psychological criticism, among others. Each chapter is written by an expert contributor and surveys the contributions of that approach to Faulkner scholarship. The volume concludes with a selected, general bibliography and glossary of critical terms.

William Faulkner is one of the most widely read and studied American writers. His works have also generated a vast body of scholarship and elicited criticism from a wide range of approaches. Because of its size, scope, and diversity, accessing that scholarship has become difficult for scholars, students, and general readers alike. This reference comprehensively overviews the present state of Faulkner studies.

The volume includes chapters written by expert contributors. Each chapter defines a particular critical approach and surveys the contributions of that approach to Faulkner studies. Some of the approaches covered are archetypal, biographical, feminist, historical, and psychological, among others. The book closes with a selected, general bibliography and glossary of critical terms.


Author Notes

CHARLES A. PEEK is Martin Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. He is the coeditor of A William Faulkner Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 1999). He is the author of numerous articles.

ROBERT W. HAMBLIN is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. He is the coeditor of A William Faulkner Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 1999). He is also the author of two books of poetry and numerous scholarly essays.


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Choice Review

The field of Faulkner studies seems so broad and horizonless that even experienced scholars need a map to plot its various ways. Peek (Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney) and Hamblin (Southeast Missouri State Univ.), along with 12 other contributors, provide a most useful set of charts. The essays guide readers through the broad fields of criticism and theory: mythic, archetypal, historical, formalist, modernist, postmodernist, cultural, psychological, feminist, gender, rhetorical, reader response, popular culture, textual, and thematic. The only field they leave uncharted is the bibliographical; including that would have been helpful in light of the many Faulkner collections and bibliographies. The essays are accessible in vocabulary and point of view, and terms that appear in the glossary are bolded in the text. The contributors reach a good balance between description and analysis. The notes are generally helpful; the bibliography is closely calibrated to the essays; and the index is unusually full. An excellent complement to the editors' A William Faulkner Encyclopedia (CH, May'00), this volume will be a handy starting point for research. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. T. Bonner Jr. Xavier University of Louisiana


Table of Contents

Charles A. Peek and Robert W. HamblinRobert W. HamblinTheresa M. TownerD. Matthew RamseyKevin RaileyDebrah RaschkeTerrell L. TebbettsPeter LurieDoreen FowlerCaroline CarvillPamela KnightsM. Thomas IngeAmy E. C. Linnemann and Philip CohenCharles A. Peek
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1 Mythic and Archetypal Criticismp. 1
2 Historical Criticismp. 27
3 Formalist Criticismp. 47
4 Biographical Criticismp. 65
5 Modernist Criticismp. 99
6 Postmodern Criticismp. 125
7 Cultural-Studies Criticismp. 163
8 Psychological Criticismp. 197
9 Feminist and Gender Criticismp. 215
10 Rhetorical and Reader-Response Criticismp. 233
11 Popular-Culture Criticismp. 261
12 Textual Criticismp. 279
13 Thematic Criticismp. 307
Glossaryp. 339
Selected Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 393
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 415