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The Signifying Eye: Seeing Faulkner's Art (New Southern Studies)


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A bold book, built of close readings, striking in its range and depth, The Signifying Eye shows Faulkner's art take shape in sweeping arcs of social, labor, and aesthetic history. Beginning with long-unpublished works (his childhood sketches and his hand-drawn and handillustrated play The Marionettes) and early novels (Mosquitoes and Sartoris), working through many major works (The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!), and including more popular fictions (The Wild Palms and The Unvanquished) and late novels (notably Intruder in the Dust and The Town), The Signifying Eye reveals Faulkner's visual obsessions with artistic creation as his work is read next to Wharton, Cather, Toomer, andandmdash;in a tour de force interventionandmdash;Willem de Kooning.

After coloring in southern literature as a andquot;reverse slave narrative,andquot; Waid's Eye locates Faulkner's fiction as the andquot;feminist hingeandquot; in a crucial parable of art that seeks abstraction through the burial of the race-defined mother. Race is seen through gender and sexuality while social fall is exposed (in Waid's phrase) as a andquot;coloring of class.andquot; Locating andquot;visual languageandquot; that constitutes a andquot;pictorial vocabulary,andquot; The Signifying Eye delights in literacy as the oral meets the written and the abstract opens as a site to see narrative. Steeped in history, this book locates a heightened reality that goes beyond representation to bring Faulkner's novels, stories, and drawings into visible form through Whistler, Beardsley, Gorky, and de Kooning. Visionary and revisionist, Waid has painted the proverbial big picture, changing the fundamental way that both the making of modernism and the avant-garde will be seen.

About the Author

Candace Waid is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Edith Wharton's Letters from the Underworld: Fictions of Women and Writing and editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Age of Innocence.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii


The Marionettes: Prefacing The Signifying Eye 1

Chapter One

Envisioning Faulkner and Southern Literature: The Reverse Slave Narrative 23

Chapter Two

Burying the Regional Mother: Faulkner on the Road to Race through the Visual Arts 46

Chapter Three

Dewey Dell, Dead Center 85

Chapter Four

The Signifying Eye: Faulknerandrsquo;s Artists and the Engendering of Art 113

Chapter Five

Echoing Back to Absalom: Quentinandrsquo;s Reverie in The Sound and the Fury 163

Chapter Six

Bonfi res of the Masculinities: Wharton and Faulkner in the Glare of Whistlerandrsquo;s Falling Rocket 196

Chapter Seven

De Kooningandrsquo;s Faulkner Trilogy: Light in August, Black Friday, and Black Untitled 219


Collateral Damage, Collating Strange: Canned Death, Collage Portraits, and Uncanny and Uncannable Beauty in Intruder in the Dust and The Town 261

Appendix 1

Willem de Kooningandrsquo;s Parables of Art: Untitled (andldquo;Still Life with Matchesandrdquo;), Weil Plaza, and Woman, Sag Harbor 289

Appendix 2

Willem de Kooning, Light in August, 1946 293

Appendix 3

Willem de Kooning, Black Untitled, 1948 294

Notes 297

Index 369

Product Details

Waid, Candace
University of Georgia Press
Literary Criticism : General
Art-Theory and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
The New Southern Studies
Publication Date:
9 color photos, 33 bandw photos
9 x 6 in

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