TITLE

The Scriptural Tradition and Faulkner's Gnostic Style

AUTHOR(S)
Desmond, John F.
PUB. DATE
June 1989
SOURCE
Southern Review;Summer1989, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p563
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
15772034

 

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