Publication: February 2011
Faulkner and Chopin is volume two in Southeast’s Faulkner Conference Series.
The fifteen essays in this volume were selected from papers presented at the Faulkner and Chopin Conference hosted by Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies in Cape Girardeau, October 2-4, 2008.
The featured authors were paired for this conference because they have both Missouri and Southern connections. Kate Chopin is a native of St. Louis and spent much of her life there; William Faulkner is the focus of the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection, now owned by Southeast Missouri State University. Additionally, both authors lived in and wrote about New Orleans, and their greatest works are set in a South defined by its troubled history and the impact of that history upon issues of race, gender, socio-economic class, and the environment. The essays in the collection shed light on these connections, and many other topics.
Includes the following essays:
Storm Stories: Chopin and Faulkner in New Orleans―and on the Gulf Coast
Barbara C. Ewell
Miscegenation and the Mystique of New Orleans: Identity and Race Consciousness in The Awakening and Absalom, Absalom!
Romances of the White Woman’s Burden: Chopin’s At Fault, Faulkner’s Light in August, and the Legacies of U.S. Plantation Fiction
The Green Breast of the Southern Plantation: Equating Women and Property in Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses and Chopin’s “No-Account Creole”
How Merry Are the Widows in Chopin’s At Fault and Faulkner’s “There Was a Queen”?
Empowering the Pedestal: Unvanquishable Grannies in Faulkner and Chopin
In Search of Agency: Edna Pontellier and Charlotte Rittenmeyer Find Independence, and Death, in The Awakening and The Wild Palms
Alisa M. Smith-Riel
Failing to Know Their Roles: Examining Parallels Between Addie Bundren and Edna Pontellier
A Fable of Labor: Class Struggle, the Specter of Class Consciousness, and Faulkner’s Unread Hostility to Capitalism
Caroline S. Miles
Deconstructing Immortality and Decay in Faulkner’s A Fable
“You’ll Never Find a Woman Who Is Worthy of You”: Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams and the Effects of Oedipal Impulses in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury
Victoria M. Bryan
Some Medical History Embedded in Faulkner’s Jason Compson
Moving Beyond Acceptable Boundaries: Another Critical Awakening
Donna J. Essner
Music as a Motif in The Awakening
Brian Daniel Howton
Kate Chopin and “Super-Spiritual Superior” Influences
Kathleen Butterly Nigro
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