Faulkner and Chopin

Edited by Robert W. Hamblin
and Christopher Rieger

Publication: 2010
Pages: 224
Book size: 6 x 9

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ISBN 13: 978-0-9822489-9-7


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Faulkner and Chopin is volume two in Southeast's Faulkner Conference Series.


The fifteen essays in this volume were selected from papers presented at the Faulkner and Chopin Conference hosted by Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Faulkner Studies in Cape Girardeau, October 2-4, 2008.


The featured authors were paired for this conference because they have both Missouri and Southern connections. Kate Chopin is a native of St. Louis and spent much of her life there; William Faulkner is the focus of the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection, now owned by Southeast Missouri State University. Additionally, both authors lived in and wrote about New Orleans, and their greatest works are set in a South defined by its troubled history and the impact of that history upon issues of race, gender, socio-economic class, and the environment. The essays in the collection shed light on these connections, and many other topics.


Includes the following essays:

Storm Stories: Chopin and Faulkner in New Orleansand on the Gulf Coast

Barbara C. Ewell


Miscegenation and the Mystique of New Orleans: Identity and Race Consciousness in The Awakening and Absalom, Absalom!

Ryan Crider


Romances of the White Woman's Burden: Chopin's At Fault, Faulkner's Light in August, and the Legacies of U.S. Plantation Fiction

Jeremy Wells


The Green Breast of the Southern Plantation: Equating Women and Property in Faulkner's Go Down, Moses and Chopin's "No-Account Creole"

Christopher Rieger


How Merry Are the Widows in Chopin's At Fault and Faulkner's "There Was a Queen"?

Julie Kares


Empowering the Pedestal: Unvanquishable Grannies in Faulkner and Chopin

Gretchen Martin


In Search of Agency: Edna Pontellier and Charlotte Rittenmeyer Find Independence, and Death, in The Awakening and The Wild Palms

Alisa M. Smith-Riel


Failing to Know Their Roles: Examining Parallels Between Addie Bundren and Edna Pontellier

Jessica Copous


A Fable of Labor: Class Struggle, the Specter of Class Consciousness, and Faulkner's Unread Hostility to Capitalism

Caroline S. Miles


Deconstructing Immortality and Decay in Faulkner's A Fable

Shiela Pardee


"You'll Never Find a Woman Who Is Worthy of You": Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams and the Effects of Oedipal Impulses in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury

             Victoria M. Bryan


Some Medical History Embedded in Faulkner's Jason Compson

Geri Harmon


Moving Beyond Acceptable Boundaries: Another Critical Awakening

Donna J. Essner


Music as a Motif in The Awakening

Brian Daniel Howton


Kate Chopin and "Super-Spiritual Superior" Influences

Kathleen Butterly Nigro