By Lothar Honnighausen
That Faulkner used to be a "liar" not only in his writing but additionally in his existence has many critics. they've got defined his various "false stories," relatively these approximately army honors he truly by no means earned and warfare wounds he by no means sustained, with psychopathological imposture-theories. the downside of this strategy is that it reduces and oversimplifies the complicated mental and aesthetic phenomenon of Faulkner's role-playing. in its place, this severe examine through the most acclaimed overseas Faulkner students takes its cue from Nietzsche's suggestion of "truth as a cellular military of metaphors" and from Ricoeur's dynamic view of metaphor and treats the donning of mask now not as an ontological factor yet as a question of discourse. Honnighausen examines Faulkner's interviews and images for the fictions they perpetuate. Such Faulknerian role-playing he translates as a style of organizing event and relates it to the crafting of the artist's a variety of personae in his works. Mining metaphor in addition to sleek theories on social role-playing, Honnighausen examines unexplored features of picture production and picture reception in such significant Faulkner novels because the Sound and the Fury, gentle in August, A myth, and Absalom, Absalom! Lothar Honnighausen is a professor of English and director of the North American application on the college of Bonn. he's common editor of Transatlantic views and writer of William Faulkner: The paintings of Stylization in His Early photo and Literary paintings.
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As this could hardly be achieved in one book, my more modest goal is to provide an outline of such a project, discuss some examples, and offer a few methodological reflections. How does one reconcile the depressive side of Faulkner's personality and the respective role-playing (reckless horseman and ruthless drinker) with his human sympathy and humor, with his self-confidence and clear awareness of being one of the world's greatest novelists? 1 Do these oppositions, if they really are oppositions, resurface as particular masks which he assumed in his life or in his writing?
Role-Play in Photos, Letters, and Interviews 3 2. Masks and Metaphors: On Theory 56 Masks and Metaphors of the Artist 3. The Artist as Visionary and as "Craftsman": "Black Music," ''Carcassonne," "Artist at Home," Elmer, and Mosquitoes 79 4. The Artist as "Human Failure": Mosquitoes, Flags in the Dust, The Town, and As I Lay Dying 111 Metaphorizing and Role-Play in Narration and Reading 5. New Modes of Metaphor: The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, and A Fable 137 6. Metaphor and Narrative in Absalom, Absalom!