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Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition$
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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

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War and Modernism in a Fable

War and Modernism in a Fable

(p.95) War and Modernism in a Fable
Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Noel Polk

University Press of Mississippi

In William Faulkner’s novel A Fable, which takes place in France during World War I, two scenes highlight modern European sculpture and painting. Thomas L. McHaney suggests that the painting might be one in Paul Cézanne’s Chateau Noir series. These modernist works of art form part of a multitude of references to European art, politics, and history throughout the novel, including references to the Levant. This chapter examines the paintings in A Fable and Cézanne’s stature as precursors of modernism and considers Faulkner’s introduction of the modern in twentieth-century European art as interpellations in the larger narrative.

Keywords:   paintings, William Faulkner, A Fable, France, World War I, sculpture, Paul Cézanne, European art, politics, modernism

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