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Faulkner and LoveThe Women Who Shaped His Art$
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Judith L. Sensibar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115031

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115031.001.0001

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Reading Faulkner's “Mothers”

Reading Faulkner's “Mothers”

The Maternal Imaginary in Absalom, Absalom!

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(p.221) 12 Reading Faulkner's “Mothers”
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Faulkner and Love
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Judith L. Sensibar

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300115031.003.0015

This chapter examines the maternal imaginary in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!. It explains that Faulkner filled this novel with imagery and loaded it with theatrical and cinematic scenes and analyzes the influence of Maud Faulkner and Caroline Barr on this work. It also discusses Faulkner's use of photographs to name, fix, and memorialize someone and something he had both had and never had.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, maternal imaginary, Absalom, Absalom, photographic imagery, cinematic scenes, Maud Faulkner, Caroline Barr, photographs

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