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Light in August : a study in black and white

Author: Alwyn Berland
Publisher: New York : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1992.
Series: Twayne's masterwork studies, no. 95.; Gale virtual reference library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides in-depth analysis of the literary work Light in August, as well as its importance and critical reception. Includes a chronology of the life and works of the author.
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Berland, Alwyn.
Light in August.
New York : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1992
(DLC) 92028709
Named Person: William Faulkner; Faulkner; William Faulkner
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alwyn Berland
ISBN: 9780805718621 0805718621
OCLC Number: 733952252
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 114 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Chronology: William Faulkner's Life and Works --
Literary and Historical Context. 1. Historical Context. 2. The Importance of the Work. 3. Critical Reception --
A Reading. 4. Toward an Approach. 5. In Search of a Theme. 6. The Shaping of Joe Christmas. 7. The Dark House of Gail Hightower. 8. The Avenging Angel. 9. Faulkner's Own Dark House. 10. Religious Patterns. 11. Blacks and Whites. 12. Codes of Conduct. 13. Faulkner: Technique and Style. 14. The Lena Grove Story: Ending --
Appendix: Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.
Series Title: Twayne's masterwork studies, no. 95.; Gale virtual reference library.
Responsibility: Alwyn Berland.

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Provides in-depth analysis of the literary work Light in August, as well as its importance and critical reception. Includes a chronology of the life and works of the author.

Light in August is William Faulkner's seventh novel, but the fifth set in fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Published in 1932, the novel is a compelling portrait of Southern society. It traces the history of a group of characters shaped by and responding to the religious, cultural, and racial traditions of the American South. Faulkner contrasts the story of Joe Christmas, whose unclear parentage makes him a target for the town's hatred, with the placid tale of Lena Grove's search for her lover. While Joe's story is created by prejudice, hatred, and mistrust, Lena's story is one of simple country people whose honor, courage, and affections are uncorrupted by either the past or the modern world. Alwyn Berland illuminates the relationship between these contrasting stories, demonstrating how Southern Calvinism, both as a theme and as an unconscious influence on Faulkner, is the key to a small cluster of themes that connects seemingly unrelated threads of narrative. Berland's study offers a detailed and accessible examination of Faulkner's style, and discusses how his modernist and experimental techniques are related to his vision of human experience. Berland places Faulkner's achievement in the context of the ideas that interested him, Southern literary tradition, and his influences on his contemporaries and later writers. The only booklength study of this novel available, Berland's work will be of great value to Faulkner scholars, students of Southern literature, and those interested in the development of the novel in the twentieth century.

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