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Faulkner and Material Culture$
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Joseph R. Urgo and Ann J. Abadie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037122

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037122.001.0001

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Faulkner and the Passing of the Old Agrarian Culture

Faulkner and the Passing of the Old Agrarian Culture

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Faulkner and Material Culture
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Aiken Charles S.

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037122.003.0001

This chapter shows the significance of material culture in distinguishing places and culture groups. Geographers have defined material culture as “all physical, material objects made and used by a culture group, including clothing, buildings, tools, instruments, furniture, and artwork.” Although, a considerable literature on economic regions of the United States has been developed, geographers have given little attention to the anatomy and physiology of culture regions. A beginning to evaluation of material culture in the works of Faulkner is Eudora Welty’s essay on place in fiction. What Welty wrote of place can also be said of material culture. In most fiction, material culture is critical to the setting, the definition of characters, and even the theme, but cultural objects usually are not the focus of the narrative.

Keywords:   material culture, culture groups, economic regions, culture regions, Eudora Welty, fiction

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