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The Function of Geographical and Historical Facts in William Faulkner's Fictional Picture of the Deep South


Gabriele Gutting

In his Yoknapatawpha fiction, William Faulkner takes his readers to a literary microcosm which is characterized by an inseparable interconnectedness of space, time, and man. As he probes into the layers of Southern space and history, Faulkner selects and arranges the geographical and historical idiosyncracies of his Southern environment, unifying them by his artistic imagination to create a web of spatio-temporal images. Tracing the writer's creative handling of his sources, this book examines Faulkner's unique combination of fact and fiction, of reality and imagination. It makes transparent the process by which Faulkner applies his individual experience of place and heritage to design a narrative world in which space and time are equal-ranking determinants of human reality.
Contents: The Geographical Space of Yoknapatawpha - Jefferson and Oxford: The Actual and the Apocryphal - The County: Rural Space in Fact and Fiction - The Space of History - The Panorama of History - History, Space, and Man.