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The Philosophy of Furniture, or Light in August and the Material Unconscious

Author: Jay Watson
Edition/Format: Chapter Chapter : English
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This chapter explores the links between material culture and the economies of wood in Light in August, a novel noted in the Faulkner oeuvre for its dense, realistic presentations of the north Mississippi landscape and object world. The objective here is to show that Light in August is extraordinarily overinvested in a material economy that involves the production and distribution of timber, lumber, and other wood products and in a signifying economy wherein references to wood and wooden objects are constantly working their way into the language and imagery of the text, often in quite conspicuous ways but just as often in subtle ones. From this aspect of the novel, according to critic Bill Brown, one can see the workings of the material unconscious.  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Jay Watson
ISBN: 9781617037122; 9781604731637
Publication:Urgo, Joseph R., editor; Faulkner and Material Culture; University Press of Mississippi
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5590976063
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This chapter explores the links between material culture and the economies of wood in Light in August, a novel noted in the Faulkner oeuvre for its dense, realistic presentations of the north Mississippi landscape and object world. The objective here is to show that Light in August is extraordinarily overinvested in a material economy that involves the production and distribution of timber, lumber, and other wood products and in a signifying economy wherein references to wood and wooden objects are constantly working their way into the language and imagery of the text, often in quite conspicuous ways but just as often in subtle ones. From this aspect of the novel, according to critic Bill Brown, one can see the workings of the material unconscious.

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