Teaching Faulkner

- Fall 2020 -

Issue No. 38
Grounding “Pantaloon in Black”
in Faulkner Country

Dr. Erin Penner

Associate Professor of English at Asbury University

"'Pantaloon' is a compelling way into Faulkner’s oeuvre precisely because its main character is not from Faulkner’s prominent families, and yet in his daily life he traverses the geographical and cultural ground established by them.  Rider, like my students, is not always aware of the ways that such a history shapes his 1940 present.  But his dawning recognition of that influence can serve as a guide for students who likewise need to grapple with the historical underpinnings of Rider’s cultural context and their own."

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Southern Gentlewoman, Necrophiliac,
Murderess—and China-Painting Teacher?:

A Critical Clue to Characterization in Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily”

Dr. Jill Silvius
Instructor of English at East Stroudsburg University

"These classroom topics of flower imagery, gossipy collective narrators, and non-sequential chronologies, as well as the main characters' sexual preferences, are powerful starting points in the classroom and have already been examined at length by scholars.  But one intriguing detail that enlarges Emily's character remains largely overlooked in academia both in the classroom and beyond it:  the china-painting lessons that Emily gives."
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Learn more about William Faulkner's pocket watch, which he kept on his sailboat, Ring Dove.
Be safe out there!
Mississippi Magazine Honors Rowan Oak as "Best Historic Site 2020"
Watch Thinking of Home, a 31-minute documentary on the life of William Faulkner, narrated by Rowan Oak curator Bill Griffith and Larry Wells.
Faulkner and García Márquez
The latest volume in the Faulkner Conference Series, Faulkner and García Márquez includes nine essays which posit the two Nobel Prize-winning authors in an exciting critical conversation.

Buy the collection here.
Editor: Dr. Christopher Rieger
Assistant Editors: Karma Alvey and Erin Bradley

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