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Faulkner and Southern Womanhood Paperback – August 1, 1995

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820317411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820317410
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,999,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Roberts's readings are everywhere interesting, and frequently new. Virtually every page offers, for me at least, a provocative interpretation of even the tiniest detail. Her literary scholarship, too, is exemplary. Clearly she has read the Faulkner criticism as carefully and as widely as she has the numerous texts of southern culture within whose context she carries out her own analyses of Faulkner's work."--Anne Goodwyn Jones, Mississippi Quarterly

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Diane Roberts is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama. She is the author of Aunt Jemima: Representations of Race and Region.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Wells VINE VOICE on November 7, 2001
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Diane Roberts attempts to tackle the enormous topic of Faulkner's female characters. Roberts divides her study into six sections (Confederate Woman, Mammy, Tragic Mulatta, New Belle, Night Sister, and Mothers) focusing on a type of character. Roberts asserts that she "found it useful to recover some of these stereotype, or stock characters, to read Faulkner as a product, as well as producer, of the multifaceted place (and metaphor) called the South" (xi). Further, each of the six sections is further subdivided into a portion that demonstrates the context and representation of the archetype and into other portions that discuss the role of the archetype in Faulkner's fiction. Faulkner and Southern Womanhood's organization makes it a useful tool for scholars with a variety of pursuits. Students interested in a particular character type can look at individual chapters in Faulkner and Southern Womanhood, since Roberts's chapters read well as stand alone essays only rarely referring readers back to other chapters of the text.
The introduction of Faulkner and Southern Womanhood clearly delineates the structure which Roberts will follow throughout her book as well as mentioning the school-of-thought which influences her study. Roberts defines the six archetypes which she chooses to interpret in terms of Mikhail Bakhtin's use and explanation of classical and grotesque bodies. While Roberts does employ theorists, including Bakhtin, Derrida, and Cixous, to greater and lesser degrees, she maintains a prose style free of the opacity to which abstract literary theory lends itself. The combination of literary theory and language accessible to lay readers increases the range of students who might find Roberts's work useful and interesting.
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By A Customer on October 24, 1997
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This book is exquisitely written, fascinating--I highly recommend it not only for the Faulkner scholar, but for anyone (like me!) who is interested in his writings. Roberts' writing remains free from pretentious jargon, unlike so many scholarly works, and the ideas posited are original, thought provoking, and just plain INTERESTING!
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