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Faulkner as Cannibal / Cannibalizing Faulkner

A lecture by Jacques Pothier, Professor of English at the University of Versailles.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
4:00 PM
Humanities 348

In this lecture I am taking up Montaigne’s reflection on Cannibals to understand it in the cultural interpretation of Oswald de Andrade’s post-colonial Manifesto Antropofago. It is fairly well-known that the great Southern writer, the founder and “sole proprietor” of Yoknapatawpha created a world of recurring fictional characters like Balzac, but I’ll be interested in the way other influences were digested out of sight. Many of Faulkner’s central protagonists are inheritors of Don Quixote, as were some of Melville’s; a prose-poem by Baudelaire and memories of Madame Bovary haunt the text of “A Rose for Emily”, while features of Conrad’s fictitious Latin American nation in Nostromo are perceptible in “Carcassonne” or Absalom, Absalom! But the Southern cannibal himself became food for thought—and for artistic creation, as his creation was revisited by great Latin American writers like Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, or, closer to us, writers and screenwriters like Guillermo Arriaga.  

Jacques Pothier is Professor of English at the University of Versailles where he is also Assistant Dean for Research.  He is the Vice-President for North American affairs of the Institut des Amériques. He is a leading authority of contemporary American literature, and his scholarship gives pride of place to the American South.  He is also engaged with the connections between the literatures of North and South America. His numerous publications include William Faulkner: essayer de tout dire. Paris (2003) and Les nouvelles de Flannery O'Connor (2004).


Cost : Free and open to the public

Efrain Kristal

Download file: Faulkner-fj-22y.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese

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