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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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Almost Feminine, Almost Brother, Almost Southern

Almost Feminine, Almost Brother, Almost Southern

The Transnational Queer Figure of Charles Bon in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

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(p.151) Almost Feminine, Almost Brother, Almost Southern
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Global Faulkner
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Elizabeth Steeby

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732115.003.0009

This chapter analyzes Charles Bon as a character who expresses not only Faulkner’s interest in sexuality but in a specifically queer imperial desire, and recontextualizes Bon’s “ambiguous identity,” which “works toward the dissolution of the very building blocks of empire itself.” It argues that the international political practices that have governed the U.S. attitude toward Haiti also govern, on a local level, the Supten dynasty’s relationship to Bon. In both contexts, the sexually “deviant” expression is displaced onto a racial difference that is then policed by the rule of whiteness.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, sexuality, Haiti, Supten dynasty, racial difference, whiteness, imperial desire

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