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Faulkner and FormalismReturns of the Text$
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Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032561

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032561.001.0001

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The Weird Stuff

The Weird Stuff

Textual and Sexual Anomalies in Faulkner’s Fiction

(p.178) The Weird Stuff
Faulkner and Formalism

Theresa M. Towner

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines textual and sexual anomalies in William Faulkner’s short stories, including “Hair,” “Artist at Home,” “Divorce in Naples,” and “The Leg.” It suggests that some of these stories fail to be engaging because they feature “bad narrators”—that is, narrators who behave “badly” when they introduce careless tense shifts, interruptions, underdeveloped characters, implausible plot development, and chatty asides to the reader. The chapter cites “Artist at Home” as “the book on how not to write the book” because it features all of these breaches of convention on narration. It also considers homoeroticism as well as sexual anxiety and desire in “Divorce in Naples” and “The Leg.” The chapter concludes with the suggestion that returns of the text quite literally means exposure to the plots of these stories.

Keywords:   short stories, William Faulkner, narration, homoeroticism, desire, sexual anxiety

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