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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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Reading Faulkner in Spain, Reading Spain in Faulkner

Reading Faulkner in Spain, Reading Spain in Faulkner

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(p.99) Reading Faulkner in Spain, Reading Spain in Faulkner
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Global Faulkner
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Manuel Broncano

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732115.003.0006

This chapter argues that the kinship between Faulkner and Miguel de Cervantes is not primarily a question of European “influence” but of dense cultural intertextuality and translatability. Spanish readers of Faulkner’s time found in his fictional treatment of the American Civil War a way of dealing with their own civil war (1936–39). In that sense, Faulkner was crucial to the readers and writers of Spain. But Spain, too, provided inspiration for Faulkner, many of whose works, from Pylon (1935) to The Mansion (1959), were inspired by Don Quixote, a novel he admired and reread on a regular basis. The chapter identifies the many surprising connections between Renaissance Spain and the post-Civil War South to show that the characters of La Mancha share a number of social concerns with those of Yoknapatawpha.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Miguel de Cervantes, American Civil War, Spanish civil war, La Mancha, Yoknapatawpha

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