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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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date: 21 January 2019

Order and Rebellion: Faulkner’s Small Town and the Place of Memory

Order and Rebellion: Faulkner’s Small Town and the Place of Memory

(p.104) Order and Rebellion: Faulkner’s Small Town and the Place of Memory
Faulkner and Material Culture

Miles Orvell

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes how one it might feel being present at the primal scene in an artist’s work by looking at Faulkner’s introduction of the town that he wrote about for twenty years or more before he came to imagine its “founding.” By the time Faulkner was writing “The Courthouse” in 1950, he was looking back on a mythology that had been two decades in the making. Given how firmly Jefferson had become fixed in Faulkner’s imagination by this time, it is not surprising that he would encompass not only the stories of families past and present, but stories of the place itself, the logs and bricks that made up the buildings that constitute the town that was the imaginative matrix for his creations.

Keywords:   primal scene, The Courthouse, mythology, Jefferson, stories of families, imaginative matrix

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