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Fantasy and Haiti’s Erasure in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

Fantasy and Haiti’s Erasure in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! Wand a raif ord fantasy and haiti’s er asure in william faulkner’s ABSALOM, ABSALOM! In William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! (1936), a story otherwise bounded by clear and uncontro- The American/ verted historical markers, the central character, Thomas Sutpen, embarks on a fantastical island Caribbean excursion—an adventure that accomplishes two stage on related but seemingly distinct things: fi rst, the jour- ney helps Sutpen to erase the social and economic which Sutpen disadvantages of his impoverished childhood that performs both had marked him as inferior, and second, the jour- ney operates to deny the Haitian revolutionary whiteness war of independence, writing out of existence the and “American Western Hemisphere’s fi rst black national state. About two-dozen years ago scholars noticed and innocence” has began to comment on this erasure. There were two been altered problems to address: Faulkner’s seeming lapse and that of earlier critics who—for a generation from to eff ect the 1936 until the mid 1980s—had combed the novel near-absence closely enough to comment in earnest on a range of matters, even questions as arcane as the likely of black agency and recorded troop movements of the Confederate and to expand army’s 23rd Mississippi Infantry, without appear- ing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Fantasy and Haiti’s Erasure in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 49 (1) – Jun 15, 2017

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Abstract

Wand a raif ord fantasy and haiti’s er asure in william faulkner’s ABSALOM, ABSALOM! In William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! (1936), a story otherwise bounded by clear and uncontro- The American/ verted historical markers, the central character, Thomas Sutpen, embarks on a fantastical island Caribbean excursion—an adventure that accomplishes two stage on related but seemingly distinct things: fi rst, the jour- ney helps Sutpen to erase the social and economic which Sutpen disadvantages of his impoverished childhood that performs both had marked him as inferior, and second, the jour- ney operates to deny the Haitian revolutionary whiteness war of independence, writing out of existence the and “American Western Hemisphere’s fi rst black national state. About two-dozen years ago scholars noticed and innocence” has began to comment on this erasure. There were two been altered problems to address: Faulkner’s seeming lapse and that of earlier critics who—for a generation from to eff ect the 1936 until the mid 1980s—had combed the novel near-absence closely enough to comment in earnest on a range of matters, even questions as arcane as the likely of black agency and recorded troop movements of the Confederate and to expand army’s 23rd Mississippi Infantry, without appear- ing

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 15, 2017

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