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Answering the Call: Telephonic Fascism and Faulkner’s Angel of History

Answering the Call: Telephonic Fascism and Faulkner’s Angel of History

Chapter:
(p.208) Answering the Call: Telephonic Fascism and Faulkner’s Angel of History
Source:
Faulkner and Money
Author(s):
Myka Tucker-Abramson
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496822529.003.0014

As Nazism was securing its grip on Germany, Walter Benjamin wrote of the "necessity of a theory of history from which fascism can become visible." With the election of Trump and the resurgence of hyper-nationalist and far-right politics globally, we too need a theory that can bring the neofascism of the present into relief. This chapter suggests that William Faulkner's post-war fiction can help generate such a theory, by illuminating the path from the Cold War to the neofascism of Trumpism. Drawing on AiméCésaire's insights that fascism's origins lie in colonialism, and critical scholarship that reads the post-Reconstruction South as emblematic of US necolonial policy, this chapter argues that it is in Faulkner's literary engagements with the post-World War II modernization of the South via the genres of the noir and the road novel that Faulkner's most important engagements with fascism are to be found.

Keywords:   Fascism, Donald Trump, New South, Road Novel, Suburbanization, Civil Rights, Neocolonialism, noir

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