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Two Takes on Faulkner's "Postage Stamp of Native Soil"

Two Takes on Faulkner's "Postage Stamp of Native Soil" Two Takes on Faulkner's "Postage Stamp of Native Soil" by Christine McCulloch William Faulkner and the Southern Landscape. By Charles S. Aiken. Athens: UP of Georgia, 2009. xi + 283 pp. $34.95 cloth. Global Faulkner: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2006. Ed. Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2009. ix + 189 pp. $55.00 cloth. That Yoknapatawpha County is an amalgamation of real and imagined topographies is known, concedes Charles S. Aiken in his recent book, William Faulkner and the Southern Landscape. What is not known are the "particular techniques" by which Faulkner "convert[ed] the local geography into a fictional one." To the extent that Aiken remains focused on this question, his study proves an engaging and original contribution to the ever-widening scope of Faulkner scholarship. A geography professor whose family was among the first to settle in Lafayette County, Aiken is deeply familiar with Faulkner's actual -- and apocryphal -- southern landscapes. Because his "approach, methodology and sources are primarily those of historical geography," Aiken's book will be of more interest to scholars engaged in the interdisciplinary work of southern studies than to literary scholars, although it does offer some insightful readings of Faulkner's fiction. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Two Takes on Faulkner's "Postage Stamp of Native Soil"

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 43 (1) – Mar 16, 2010

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Two Takes on Faulkner's "Postage Stamp of Native Soil" by Christine McCulloch William Faulkner and the Southern Landscape. By Charles S. Aiken. Athens: UP of Georgia, 2009. xi + 283 pp. $34.95 cloth. Global Faulkner: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2006. Ed. Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2009. ix + 189 pp. $55.00 cloth. That Yoknapatawpha County is an amalgamation of real and imagined topographies is known, concedes Charles S. Aiken in his recent book, William Faulkner and the Southern Landscape. What is not known are the "particular techniques" by which Faulkner "convert[ed] the local geography into a fictional one." To the extent that Aiken remains focused on this question, his study proves an engaging and original contribution to the ever-widening scope of Faulkner scholarship. A geography professor whose family was among the first to settle in Lafayette County, Aiken is deeply familiar with Faulkner's actual -- and apocryphal -- southern landscapes. Because his "approach, methodology and sources are primarily those of historical geography," Aiken's book will be of more interest to scholars engaged in the interdisciplinary work of southern studies than to literary scholars, although it does offer some insightful readings of Faulkner's fiction.

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 16, 2010

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