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

Faulkner and Time II

Session Chair: 
Kristin Fujie, Lewis & Clark College
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Directors Suite (PH-ET)
Topic Area: 


  1. Michael Zeitlin, The University of British Columbia
    In December 1918, on his return from RAF service in Toronto, Faulkner leaned on a cane, walked with a limp, and spoke of plane crashes and a silver plate in his skull.  What does this scene have to do with his earliest prose writing?
  2. Ethan King, Boston University
    This paper compares colonial discourses of temporality in Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! in order to explore how the novels' constructions of race are borne out by the binarization of progressive and stagnant time.
  3. Peter Miller, University of Virginia
    My paper examines the figure of the gramophone in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. This device—by transferring “live” sounds into a “dead” physical medium—challenged contemporary artists’ understandings of voice, textuality, and selfhood. I argue that the gramophone emerges in Faulkner’s 1930 novel as a literal manifestation of the author’s narrative technique. That is, as a technology of inscription which effects the disembodiment and un-voicing of the characters it describes.
Session Cancelled: