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Faulkner : Masks and Metaphors - Lothar Honnighausen


Masks and Metaphors

Paperback Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9781578068739
Number Of Pages: 328

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That Faulkner was a "liar" not just in his writing but also in his life has troubled many critics. They have explained his numerous "false stories," particularly those about military honors he actually never earned and war wounds he never sustained, with psychopathological imposture-theories. The drawback of this approach is that it reduces and oversimplifies the complex psychological and aesthetic phenomenon of Faulkner's role-playing.

Instead, this critical study by one of the most acclaimed international Faulkner scholars takes its cue from Nietzsche's concept of "truth as a mobile army of metaphors" and from Ricoeur's dynamic view of metaphor and treats the wearing of masks not as an ontological issue but as a matter of discourse.

Honnighausen examines Faulkner's interviews and photographs for the fictions they perpetuate. Such Faulknerian role-playing he interprets as a mode of organizing experience and relates it to the crafting of the artist's various personae in his works. Mining metaphor as well as modern theories on social role-playing, Honnighausen examines unexplored aspects of image creation and image reception in such major Faulkner novels as The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, A Fable, and Absalom, Absalom!

Introductionp. ix
Primary Texts: List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Preludesp. 1
Role-Play in Photos, Letters, and Interviewsp. 3
Masks and Metaphors on Theoryp. 56
Masks and Metaphors of the Artistp. 77
The Artist as Visionary And as "Craftsman" "Black Music," "Carcassonne," "Artist at Home," Elmer, and Mosquitoesp. 79
The Artist as "Human Failure" Mosquitoes, Flags in the Dust, the Town, And as I Lay Dyingp. 111
Metaphorizing and Role-Play in Narration and Readingp. 135
New Modes of Metaphor The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, and a Fablep. 137
Metaphor and Narrative in Absalom, Absalom!p. 157
Faulkner and the Regionalist Contextp. 183
Regionalism and Beyond the Hamletp. 223
Conclusion Pastoral Portraitp. 263
Notesp. 279
Works Citedp. 289
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9781578068739
ISBN-10: 1578068738
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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