Faulkner and the World Culture of the Global South

Chapter from Fifty Years after Faulkner: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, Eds. Jay Watson & Ann J. Abadie

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Given that the notion of the nation is still the main way we categorize literature, what happens when we think across nations and national categories? This is the question that the so-called turn to the “transnational” in American studies one the past decade has proposed. In this work, Saldivar considers Faulkner in the context of one of the few critical terms that include transnationalism, globalization, and the ‘world culture of the global South.” Doing so allows us to read Faulkner as a different kind of realist: the kind who crosses national boundaries majestically even as he stays firmly rooted within his own bounded territory of Yoknapatawpha County.

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