The course will
give students a chance to read a representative sampling of writings by one of
the most influential Modernist novelists. 
Faulkner wrote many of his stories in relative obscurity, and relied on
the money he made screenwriting in Hollywood to maintain his family between the
two world wars.  Only five years before
he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949, all of his now famous novels
were out of print.  Faulkner’s style is
not for the millions.  However,  once in the storyworld of his fictional
Yoknapatawpha county, readers find themselves not merely immersed in one man’s
compelling version of the American South, but witnesses to, as Faulkner said,
“the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself, which alone can make
good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the
sweat.”  Our progress through the course
will be mostly about reading.  There will
be some lecture as necessary, but class time will generally be occupied with
discussion and close readings of important passages.  At times the reading load will be heavy in
terms of pages.  Brief writing exercises
may open class sessions.



  • Attendance, participation, and quizzes
  • One Page Reading Responses (6)
  • Three to Four Page Essays (2)
  • Mid-term
  • Final exam



  • The Sound and the Fury
  • As I Lay Dying (1930)
  • Light in August (1932)
  • Absalom, Absalom! (1936)
  • The Unvanquished (1938)
  • The Hamlet (1940)
  • Go Down, Moses (1942)