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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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Caroline Barr and Faulkner's Poetics

Caroline Barr and Faulkner's Poetics

Go Down, Moses

(p.89) 5 Caroline Barr and Faulkner's Poetics
Faulkner and Love

Judith L. Sensibar

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses and “Mississippi,” which are his meditations and elegies for Caroline Barr who raised him. It examines the “The Fire and the Hearth” and “Pantaloon in Black” sections of the Go Down, Moses and explains that it was written within hours of Barr's death. It also suggests that this novel comprises an aesthetics of racialized loss that is rooted in Faulkner's lifelong relationship with Barr.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Go Down, Moses, The Fire and the Hearth, Mississippi, elegies, Pantaloon in Black, Caroline Barr, racialized loss

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