Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Not Even PastRace, Historical Trauma, and Subjectivity in Faulkner, Larsen, and Van Vechten$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Dorothy Stringer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231478

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231478.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use (for details see http://www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 December 2017

/ “Which Tooth Hit You First?”: Nation, Home, Women, and Violence in Requiem for A Nun

/ “Which Tooth Hit You First?”: Nation, Home, Women, and Violence in Requiem for A Nun

Chapter:
(p.44) 2. / “Which Tooth Hit You First?”: Nation, Home, Women, and Violence in Requiem for A Nun
Source:
Not Even Past
Author(s):

Dorothy Stringer

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231478.003.0003

One of the most frequently-quoted lines in William Faulkner's work is an aphorism taken from the otherwise little-read 1951 novel Requiem for a Nun: “The past is never dead. It's not even past.” Barack Obama's references to “complexities of race in this country that we have never really worked through,” to “old racial wounds,” and to African Americans' crippling “memories of humiliation and doubt and fear,” define contemporary racial politics in the United States in terms of a multigenerational, psychological trauma. This trauma was instantiated by African slavery, and continues to be propagated down the generations by various forms of institutionalized racism. Freedom and writing belong to those who are never at rest, while peace belongs to those who are not free and cannot read.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun, Barack Obama, African Americans, racial politics, trauma, freedom, writing, racism, slavery

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .