Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Noel Polk

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110843

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110843.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 08 March 2021

Reading Blood and History in Go Down, Moses

Reading Blood and History in Go Down, Moses

(p.68) Reading Blood and History in Go Down, Moses
Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Noel Polk

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers a reading of William Faulkner’s collection of short stories, Go Down, Moses. One of the highlights of the book is Isaac McCaslin’s renunciation of his birthright, considered an iconic moment in American literature. Go Down, Moses is about a family that insists upon pure blood. It also tackles racism, incest, homosexuality, and the sterile isolation of masturbation. The chapter argues that Isaac’s case occurs in a disconnect between blood and history: he can stop the transmission of his blood but not of his history.

Keywords:   racism, William Faulkner, Go Down, Moses, birthright, blood, incest, homosexuality, masturbation, history

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.