Based upon the greater county of oxford mississippi, this northwestern area is bounded on the north and south by rivers, and features an extensive hill country in its eastern parts but geography aside, this is the landscape of some of the most intense, difficult, and heartbreaking fictional lives ever taken to paper. The myth of yoknapatawpha according to the critic malcolm cowley, writing in the saturday review in april 1946, “faulkner performed a labour of imagination that has not been equalled in our time, and a double labour: first, to invent a mississippi county that was like a mythical kingdom, but was complete and living in all its details second, to make his story of yoknapatawpha stand as a. Their analysis in the essay relies upon the characters of caddy and quentin compson, eula varner snopes and linda snopes kohl, and nameless mulattas in faulkner, the sound and the fury (1929), the snopes trilogy (1940-1959), and go down, moses (1942. Request pdf on researchgate | sensual women of yoknapatawpha county: a bakhtinian approach | the aim of this essay is twofold the first part of the essay discusses the bakhtinian concept of the.
Later, the county became mostly small farms by 1936, the population was 25,611, of which 6,298 were white and 19,313 were black richard reed has presented a detailed chronological analysis of yoknapatawpha county. The county of yoknapatawpha and its county seat of jefferson are based on the real county of jefferson, mississippi, and its county seat of oxford the name yoknapatawpha is derived from authentic native american names found on old maps of jefferson county.
Request pdf on researchgate | sensual women of yoknapatawpha county: a bakhtinian approach | the aim of this essay is twofold the first part of the essay discusses the bakhtinian concept of the grotesque body and its possible connections to the expression of senses in the american south.
Setting the imaginary yoknapatawpha within the real lafayette county, mississippi, don h doyle demonstrates how remarkable was faulkner's synthesis, how well faulkner's fictional setting meshed with the history of his source, and why his neighbors marveled about faulkner's recall of local history. Free online library: cross-dressing in yoknapatawpha county (special issue: william faulkner) by the mississippi quarterly literature, writing, book reviews regional focus/area studies clothing portrayals clothing and dress transvestites women. The most detailed treatment of faulkner's map of yoknapatawpha is elizabeth duvert, faulkner's map of time, faulkner journal, 2 (fall 1986), 14-28 duvert's essay is an excellent discussion of the map in relation to the entire corpus of faulkner's yoknapatawpha fiction but says nothing of its function in absalom, absalom. Absalom, absalom includes a map of yoknapatawpha county drawn by faulkner the word yoknapatawpha is derived from two chickasaw words—yocona and petopha, meaning split land faulkner said to a university of virginia audience that the compound means water flows slow through flat land.
In what follows, i will examine, by focusing on william faulkner’s snopes trilogy (1940–1959), the sound and the fury (1929), and go down, moses (1942), how the bakhtinian concept of the grotesque body can be applied to the analysis of the senses in the succeeding generations of women characters in yoknapatawpha county beginning with a. The yoknapatawpha chronicles present a whole society and its history cumulatively they build up a mythology by which that society and its culture may be interpreted, a mythology covering the history of the county and of the chief families and the lives of individual heroes and heroines. That faulkner created his county to contain the essence of mississippi and of the south 3 charles s aiken, faulkner's yoknapatawpha county: geographical fact into fiction, geographical re- view, vol 67, 1977, pp 1-21 and calvin s brown, a glossary of faulkner's south (new haven: yale university press, 1976.
Whiteness in faulkner's yoknapatawpha county sharon desmond paradiso, university of massachusetts amherst abstract this dissertation considers faulkner's white characters in terms of their whiteness, a racial signifier which has, historically, been both generally assumed and specifically codified to be a position of privilege in american culture, regardless of class or gender.