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Between Distant ModernitiesPerforming Exceptionality in Francoist Spain and the Jim Crow South$
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Brittany P. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461978

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461978.001.0001

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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

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

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461978.003.0003

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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