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The Religion of Blood and Myth

The Religion of Blood and Myth

William Faulkner’s and Camilo José Cela’s Modern Subjects

(p.53) Chapter 2 The Religion of Blood and Myth
Between Distant Modernities
Brittany Powell Kennedy
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on this struggle to perform a coded national exceptionality as main characters in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Camilo José Cela’s La familia de Pascual Duarte attempt to reconcile a past haunted by civil war. Their main characters’ melancholic relationship with that past weaves a path toward self destruction that allows Faulkner and Cela to expose Spain’s and the South’s own inability to “let go” of its own “traditional” past as defended in each one’s Civil War.

Keywords:   Melancholic, Civil War, Haunting, Camino José Cela, William Faulkner

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