UPDATE: [American] Faulkner, Labor, and the Critique of Capitalism

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UPDATE: Faulkner, Labor, and the Critique of Capitalism

Since our original call for papers for a book collection, we have been
invited to guest edit a summer 2008 special issue of The Mississippi
Quarterly tentatively titled “Faulkner, Labor, and the Critique of
Capitalism.” Prominent scholars are committed to this project and will be
part of the issue. We have room to consider a few more essays.
 After decades of formalist readings, and recent treatments of race and
gender issues, scholars are beginning to consider Faulkner as a writer
concerned with and critical of his social milieu rather than detached
from it. This special issue hopes to contribute further to this important
new direction in Faulkner studies by bringing together essays that focus
on how Faulkner examined critically his own class and regional
positioning and challenged new and emerging class structures in the South
and more broadly. The decades in which Faulkner wrote were marked by
large scale economic transformations as well as class and political
struggle. This issue will examine his concern with the labouring classes,
class struggle, and the de-humanizing effects of capitalist society.

We are seeking essays that challenge both realism narrowly defined and
the traditional conception of modernism as apolitical, and that
demonstrate the ways in which Faulkner’s work serves the goal of
demystifying capitalist social relations and revealing real social
contradictions. We particularly welcome essays that consider Faulkner in
light of the Marxist tradition(s).

Topics might include:

Faulkner’s engagement with and critique of capitalism either throughout
his oeuvre or in particular works.

Faulkner’s attitude towards Marxism and/or the radical movements of his

The depiction of class struggle, “hidden or open” in his fiction.

The treatment of economic transformations and their sociological and
psychological effects in Faulkner’s writing.

Labor unions and other forms of collective resistance treated in
Faulkner’s novels.

Faulkner’s attitude towards the changing nature of the working class in
the South created by the repercussions of the Civil War and/or the defeat
of Radical Reconstruction.

The spectre of revolution and Faulkner’s response.

The possibility of black/white solidarity in Faulkner’s America.

The politics of Faulkner's modernism.

Faulkner's hostility to the standardizing, modern, features of capitalist

Deadline: Oct 1st, 2007


Send submissions or correspondence by email or post to:


Caroline Miles and David Anshen

Department of English

University of Texas-Pan American

1201 West University Drive

Edinburg, TX 78541-2999


csmiles_at_utpa.edu or danshen_at_utpa.edu




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