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ENGL6106: The Idea of the South: Faulkner's Legacy

2024 unit information

Toni Morrison once said of William Faulkner, “he had a gaze that was…sort of staring, a refusal-to-look-away.” In this unit, we consider the way Faulkner, arguably one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, confronts across his astonishing writings of the 1930s and 1940s the so-called “problem South,” especially in terms of the global plantation and its legacies. Alongside his works we will read other important U.S. southern texts—including by Black and Native American southern authors—that variously engage the racial matter of Faulkner’s opus. What happens to Faulkner’s South—and indeed to Faulkner—when we read him through the work of more recent southern authors?

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

English and Writing

Code ENGL6106
Academic unit English and Writing
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a sound understanding of Faulkner, African American and southern studies.
  • LO2. understand and evaluate theoretical debates within southern studies, particularly to do with African American literature and Faulkner.
  • LO3. develop arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others
  • LO4. demonstrate skills in research through the competent use of the library and electronic resources that are particular to the study of the US south.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote

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