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  • Faulkner Intro

    1. 1. As I Lay Dying By William Faulkner
    2. 2. As I Lay Dying Published in 1930 -The novel was drafted in six weeks while Faulkner was working the night shift at a power plant. Faulkner says about the novel, “I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force (impressive achievement). Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall.” -Set in the 1920s in a rural area in fictional Yoknapatawpha County
    3. 3. As I Lay Dying Acclaimed as one of Faulkner’s greatest novels -Told in stream-of-conscious fashion by fifteen different speakers in some 59 chapters -Depicts a family’s quest to carry out their father’s promise to his dying wife -Explores the nature of grieving, community, and family
    4. 4. William Faulkner (1897-1962) a major figure of contemporary American literature -born in New Albany, Mississippi, but spent the majority of his life in Oxford, Mississippi -began writing in his early teens, and as a young man, he produced hand-lettered and hand-illustrated books for his friends
    5. 5. William Faulkner (1897-1962) -wrote novels and short stories combining stream of consciousness narrative with linguistic innovations and vivid characterization -his works include The Sound and the Fury (1929) and As I Lay Dying (1930) -principle setting is Yoknapatawpha County, a fictional domain loosely based upon places and subjects near to him in his youth
    6. 6. William Faulkner (1897-1962) -he was a humanist, meaning that he repeatedly explored the question of human freedom and the obstacles to it--racism, regimentation, shame, fear, pride, and overly abstract principles -his career lasted over three decades and he published 19 novels, more than 80 short stories, two books of poems, and numerous essays. -received the 1949 Nobel Prize for literature
    7. 7. Stream Of Consciousness in literature, technique that records the multifarious thoughts and feelings of a character without regard to logical argument or narrative sequence The writer attempts by the stream of consciousness to reflect all the forces, external and internal, influencing the psychology of a character at a single moment.
    8. 8. Stream Of Consciousness The technique was first employed by Édouard Dujardin (1861– 1949) in his novel Les Lauriers sont coupés (1888) and was subsequently used by such notable writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and William Faulkner. The phrase “stream of consciousness” to indicate the flow of inner experience was first used by William James in Principles of Psychology