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Henry Sussman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227693

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227693.001.0001

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William Faulkner and the Romance of the American Drifter

William Faulkner and the Romance of the American Drifter

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(p.110) Five: William Faulkner and the Romance of the American Drifter
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Idylls of the Wanderer
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Henry Sussman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227693.003.0005

This chapter presents a commentary on the novel Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. It suggests that the emergence of the protagonist Thomas Sutpen in the virgin hardwood forests indicates Faulkner's branching, self-engendering, mythologically nuanced narrative of the U.S. South. In addition, Sutpen's purchase of the antebellum plantation, his construction of the property with slave labor, and his procreation of dual black and white bloodlines constitute a grounding for the idyll of the American as can be extracted from Faulkner's self-referential fictive world.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Absalom, Thomas Sutpen, U.S. South, idyll, American fiction

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