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Go Slow Now: Saying the Unsayable in Édouard Glissant's Reading of Faulkner

Go Slow Now: Saying the Unsayable in Édouard Glissant's Reading of Faulkner

Chapter:
(p.183) Go Slow Now: Saying the Unsayable in Édouard Glissant's Reading of Faulkner
Source:
American Creoles
Author(s):
Michael Wiedorn
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317200.011

William Faulkner has been castigated for his loyalty to the reactionary attitudes of the traditional white South and his tolerance of its racism. This chapter demonstrates Édouard Glissant's rehabilitation of Faulkner as an anti-racist, white Southern novelist. Glissant's admiration for Faulkner is evident throughout his career, culminating in the book Faulkner, Mississippi, which proclaims Faulkner's affiliation with the South. Glissant reclaims Faulkner as a ‘Creole’ writer and argues that his novels are politically progressive in their intuition of the possible future creolization of American society.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, racism, Édouard Glissant, Faulkner, Mississippi, creolization

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