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Jay "Watson and Ann J. "Abadie

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802279

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802279.001.0001

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William Faulkner and the Problem of Cold War Modernism

William Faulkner and the Problem of Cold War Modernism

(p.143) William Faulkner and the Problem of Cold War Modernism
Faulkner's Geographies

Harilaos Stecopoulos

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines William Faulkner’s vexed relation to U.S. public diplomacy during the 1950s.  Focusing on the novelist’s abortive chairmanship of the People-to-People’s literary committee, the chapter links that failed attempt at cultural internationalism to The Mansion (1959).  The bulk of the essay demonstrates how the latter novel challenges the very idea of appropriating modernism for cold war ideological ends.

Keywords:   Public diplomacy, Cold War, Modernism, Cultural Internationalism, The Novel

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