113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Faulkner and Time I

Session Chair: 
Michael Zeitlin, The University of British Columbia
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Senate Suite (PH-ET)
Topic Area: 


  1. John McIntyre, University of Prince Edward Island
    This paper analyses William Faulkner's 1929 novel, The Sound and the Fury for its representation of ecological time.  Taking into account recent efforts to read modern literature alongside the contemporary rise of the anthropocene, I explore how Faulkner measures the passage of time in geologic and climatic terms, the sheer scale of which miniaturizes the circumscribed lives and times of the characters who inhabit the novel.  
  2. Zachary Tavlin, University of Washington - Seattle
    I will argue in this essay that William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying conceives of a time whose function is one of confrontation with and contamination of the phenomenological structure of time-consciousness and its presupposed relation to space.
  3. Jenna Sciuto, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
    Faulkner portrays the crimes of the colonial past, such as racism and violence, as inescapable in each period depicted in Absalom, Absalom!.  Through this cyclical repetition, Faulkner posits a different relationship between the South’s colonial past and the present, which takes the form of traumatic repetition.  
  4. Jacob Meeks, Rutgers University
    In my presentation I intent to explore the similarities between William Faulkner and Walter Benjamin's conceptions of time by triangulating them against frequent comparisons to Henri Bergson. 
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