July 11, 2009
OXFORD â€"Â A new book on the writing of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner offers a new angle to explore the Mississippi nativeâ€™s work.
â€œGlobal Faulknerâ€ is a collection of essays that considers the many ways Faulknerâ€™s writing interacted with the worldâ€™s economies. The essays were presented and studied last year during the University of Mississippiâ€™s 35th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The book of essays, the newest addition to the University Press of Mississippiâ€™s Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha series, places Faulknerâ€™s fiction in a global context, offering perspectives that link his work to globalization and postcolonial concerns. The book was edited by UM members Annette Trefzer, associate professor of English, and Ann J. Abadie, associate director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
â€œThe book probes not only Faulknerâ€™s global dimensions, the international circulation of his books and international influences but also the question â€" very simply â€" of whether Faulkner was interested in the global scheme of things,â€ said Trefzer.
The questions considered in â€œGlobal Faulknerâ€ include whether or not Faulkner was aware of such occurrences as the global slave trade, traffic of goods, network of writers and circulations of popular culture.
â€œAnd in the process of answering these questions, the scholars posit that Faulkner is not only perhaps the most famous regional writer, a Southern writer and a Nobel Prize winner, but even more so, a writer of the Global South,â€ Trefzer said. â€œFor me, seeing the global currents in Faulknerâ€™s work provides a most exciting new lens for Faulkner studies.â€
The scholars contributing to the collection commenting on Faulknerâ€™s importance are also global â€" from America, Spain, Italy, Japan and Guinea.
The 36th annual conference is scheduled July 19-23 at UM, and the study subject is â€œFaulkner and Mystery.â€ For more information, visit http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner/.