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Faulkner and Whiteness$
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Jay Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030208

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030208.001.0001

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Negotiating the Marble Bonds of Whiteness

Negotiating the Marble Bonds of Whiteness

Hybridity and Imperial Impulse in Faulkner

(p.3) Negotiating the Marble Bonds of Whiteness
Faulkner and Whiteness

Taylor Hagood

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the marble faun, a racially and culturally hybrid figure from early in William Faulkner’s career that was to prove central to his artistic vision. It argues that the marble faun functions as a trope of whiteness with overtones of imperial power as well as “dark” racial alterity. The chapter illustrates the faun’s hybridization of imperial and subaltern sensibilities, of white and nonwhite histories and subject positions, in some of Faulkner’s novels, including Soldiers’ Pay, Mosquitoes, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, The Hamlet, and A Fable, and in the 1934 short story “Black Music.”

Keywords:   marble faun, William Faulkner, whiteness, hybridization, imperial power, racial alterity, novels, Mosquitoes, I Lay Dying, Light in August

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