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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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Negotiating the “Mammy” Tradition

Negotiating the “Mammy” Tradition

Callie Barr as “Second Mother”

(p.56) 3 Negotiating the “Mammy” Tradition
Faulkner and Love

Judith L. Sensibar

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how William Faulkner negotiated with the image of Caroline Barr as mammy and second mother. It discusses the stories of Faulkner's brothers about Barr's sexual proclivities and her role in protecting them from harm, and in taking them across the racial fence. It also analyzes the connection between the myth of African American women and the Southern manhood and womanhood and its influence on Faulkner's fiction.

Keywords:   Caroline Barr, William Faulkner, mammy, second mother, sexual proclivities, racial fence, African American women, Southern manhood, Southern womanhood

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