The Scriptural Tradition and Faulkner's Gnostic Style

Desmond, John F.
June 1989
Southern Review;Summer1989, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p563
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article explores the novelist William Faulkner's relationship to the scriptural tradition. It discusses the metaphysical aspects of that tradition-particularly with respect to language-and without consideration of the transformation that tradition underwent as a result of historical forces that shaped Faulkner's use of scripture in his fiction. This particular metaphysic was rooted in an analogical view of reality-a way of seeing specific objects and actions in the light of their absolute, transcendent significance. Most importantly for literature, the analogical view provided a way of expressing in a single image or action all of these complex dimensions of reality; it affirmed the specific integrity of the concrete particular image as well as its ultimate extensions of meaning.


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