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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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Family Secrets

Family Secrets


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Faulkner and Love

Judith L. Sensibar

Yale University Press

This chapter examines William Faulkner's “Mississippi,” his final elegy for Caroline Barr. It explains that this autobiographical essay is in confession mode and an expression of his forbidden and therefore unmourned love for Barr, who served as the figure of transgression and hybridity at the center of the writer's imaginative life. It also suggests that “Mississippi” is part political polemic condemning racism and part demeaning sentimentalism toward the black people who worked for the Faulkner family.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Mississippi, elegy, Caroline Barr, autobiographical essay, confession mode, transgression, racism, sentimentalism

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