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ERIC Number: ED098621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 11
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The Performance of Southern Myth in "Absalom, Absalom!" by William Faulkner.
Arnold, Voiza O.
This paper explores two ways in which myth operates in and informs the structure of "Absalom, Absalom!": (1) the suggestion of mythic import created by direct parallels with a Biblical myth, and (2) the creation of a modern myth through the accumulation of oral histories, oral interpretations, and oral revisions of the major story--that of the Sutpen family. The paper concludes that the pervading conception of myth in the book seems to be related on many levels, past and present, to an idea of the perfect social order and the preservation of that order. The preservation of the myth draws its substance from the retelling, reinterpretation, and recreation of it by new generations. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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