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Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732115

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732115.001.0001

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Many Mansions

Many Mansions

Faulkner’s Cold War Conflicts

Chapter:
(p.2) (p.3) Many Mansions
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Global Faulkner
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John T. Matthews

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732115.003.0001

This chapter argues that in the twenty-year span between the publication of The Hamlet (1940) and The Mansion (1959), Faulkner “globalizes Snopesism.” It positions The Mansion as a Cold War novel that engages at every level with the defining geopolitical condition of its era. The chapter argues that Faulkner must have keenly recognized the larger economic and geopolitical connections between the Cold War and Western imperialism, particularly as they were articulated in the U.S. rhetoric of freedom versus the Soviet rhetoric of social justice. This conflict of ideologies between liberal democracy and communism embodied in the struggle between the two superpowers is reflected in The Mansion, a novel that expresses Faulkner’s longings for a more authentic freedom, in which liberty and justice need not conflict, and where the discrepancy between the idle rich and the imprisoned worker need not end in murderous confrontation.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, The Mansion, The Hamlet, Snopesism, Cold War novel, communism, democracy

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