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that Faulkner was a qliarq not just in his writing but also in his life has troubled many critics. They have explained his numerous qfalse stories, q 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 qtruth as a mobile army of metaphorsq 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! Lothar Honnighausen is a professor of English and director of the North American program at the University of Bonn. He is general editor of Transatlantic Perspectives and author of William Faulkner: The Art of Stylization in His Early Graphic and Literary Work.In its comic incongruence, the appearance of the old hillbilly woman in football shoes and a aquot;dark blue mana#39;s sweater with ... fortitude, gallant, brave) and enhancing its affective power by word repetition and alliteration, rises momentarily from aanbsp;...

Author:Lothar Hönnighausen
Publisher:Univ. Press of Mississippi - 2006-01-01


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