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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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Collaborating with Estelle, Oxford, 1924–1925

Collaborating with Estelle, Oxford, 1924–1925

“Star Spangled Banner Stuff,” Her Shanghai “Romance”

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(p.424) 23 Collaborating with Estelle, Oxford, 1924–1925
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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/9780300115031.003.0027

This chapter examines Estelle Oldham's “Star Spangled Banner Stuff.” It explains that her fiction is about the relation between a young girl's commodification and her limited emotional range which William Faulkner would seize upon to explore in greater depth. It also suggests that in the short stories she brought home from Shanghai in 1924 and in the stories she continued to write before her marriage to Faulkner, Estelle had transformed her experience, and the experiences of girls and women like her, into ironic and often funny critiques of these romantic and restrictive conventions so destructive to women's autonomy and individualism.

Keywords:   Estelle Oldham, Star Spangled Banner Stuff, short stories, William Faulkner, restrictive conventions, autonomy, individualism, Oxford, Shanghai

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