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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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Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Noel Polk

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the presence of scars and stumps as the residue of wars in William Faulkner’s fiction such as Soldiers’ Pay and A Fable. It considers the definition of “nation” based on its degree of “organization for war,” which includes recruiting and distributing soldiers and supplies as well as controlling information. The chapter looks at the workings of the political and cultural apparatuses that create and nurture a national state of mind to ensure that enough young people will be willing to die in the name of patriotism. Finally, it analyzes the human scar as a symbol of rupture and violence and its counterparts in the body of the nation, including graves and monuments.

Keywords:   scars, stumps, wars, William Faulkner, Soldiers’ Pay, A Fable, nation, soldiers, patriotism, monuments

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