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Faulkner's Subject A Cosmos No One Owns by Philip M. (Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania) Weinstein


Faulkner's Subject A Cosmos No One Owns by Philip M. (Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania) Weinstein

Faulker's Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns offers a reading of William Faulkner by viewing his masterpieces through the lens of current critical theory. The book addresses both the power of his work and the current theoretical issues that call that power into question. Drawing on poststructuralist, ideological and gender theory, Weinstein examines the harrowing process of 'becoming oneself' at the heart of Faulkner's work, and suggests that the cosmos Faulkner called his own - the textual world he produced - emerges as a cosmos no one owns, a verbal territory generated and biased by the larger culture's discourses of gender and race.


...splendid in the range of questions it raises and the number of illuminating readings it offers....Faulkner's Subject is a work of considerable scholarship....[Weinstein's] study will be indispensable for further ideological analyses.

John N. Duvall, Mississippi Quarterly Weinstein's readings of all four novels are sensitive, subtle, and at times even impassioned.

Susan V. Donaldson, Journal of American History Philip Weinstein has written a brilliant, candid, timely book, not just about Faulkner as a writer but also about Faulkner as a changing institution of reading and teaching.

Richard C. Moreland, Modern Fiction Stories

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Publication date

15th May 2008


Philip M. (Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania) Weinstein

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Cambridge University Press


204 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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