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William Faulkner's Legacy

This fresh approach to Faulkner's canon examines his fiction in relation to other writers of the South whose works echo but also supplement, revise, respond to, and even correct his depictions of the South. Whether working at the same time or two generations after Faulkner, these writers tackle similar issues - the liberal white male, the southern lady, African Americans, and the nonaristocrat. From Ellen Glasgow and Zora Neale Hurston to Ernest Gaines, Toni Morrison, and new writers like Elizabeth Dewberry and Tim Gautreaux, many southern writers have used the same tropes, plots, and archetypes as Faulkner, to different effect. Among the most important contributions of this book is its reexamination of Faulkner's white male liberal prototype, who feels powerless to effect change and relieve the oppression of African Americans and women in the South. Viewing such a character from the point of view of the oppressed illuminates the cowardice of these privileged men, who were previously lauded for their liberal consciousness or sympathized with for their frustration over their impotence.
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Louisiana native Margaret Donovan Bauer is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she was named the first Ralph Hardee Rives Chair of Southern Literature.

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