The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning work of William Faulkner is considered to be some of the most beautifully-crafted prose in the English language. In this course, we will read two of his most celebrated novels, As I Lay Dying (1930) and Absalom! Absalom! (1936), both exemplifying Faulkner’s modernist prose set in the fictional “postage stamp” South of Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi. As we read, we’ll consider not only the brilliant craft of his work but also the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written.
Read: As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner and Absalom! Absalom!, William Faulkner