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Title New essays on Go down, Moses / edited by Linda Wagner-Martin
Published Cambridge [England] ;New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996


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 W'PONDS  813.52 W1342/N  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 159 pages ; 23 cm
Series The American novel
American novel.
Contents 1. Introduction / Linda Wagner-Martin -- 2. Touching Race in Go Down, Moses / John T. Matthews -- 3. Go Down, Moses and the Discourse of Environmentalism / Judith Bryant Wittenberg -- 4. Her Shape, His Hand: The Spaces of African American Women in Go Down, Moses / Minrose Gwin -- 5. Who Wears the Mask? Memory, Desire, and Race in Go Down, Moses / Judith L. Sensibar -- 6. The Game of Courts: Go Down, Moses, Arbitrary Legalities, and Compensatory Boundaries / Thadious M. Davis
Summary Go Down, Moses (1942) came to fruition during World War II, was written during one of Faulkner's most traumatic periods, and has fallen into critical neglect amid the vast scholarship on the great southern writer. In part, this collection aims to tilt the balance, forcing the reader beyond the critical commonplaces through asking challenging questions. The five essays assembled here explore the tensions of race and gender apparent throughout the novel. Judith Sensibar approaches the work through Faulkner's relationship with Caroline Barr, the black woman who was his primary caretaker in life; Judith Wittenberg offers an ecological reading, setting the work firmly within its chronological age; John T. Matthews redefines the novel as a "southern" experience; Minrose Gwin focuses on the spaces in the text occupied by black women characters; and Thadious M. Davis charts further complications of the black/white relationships that lie at the heart of the novel
Analysis English fiction
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-159)
Subject Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. Go down, Moses.
African American women in literature.
Race relations in literature.
Southern States -- In literature.
Author Wagner-Martin, Linda.
LC no. 95009466
ISBN 052145431X (hardback)
0521456096 (paperback)