|ENGL4795||LOWE, JOHN||TR||2 :00 PM||0269|
Mississippi's William Faulkner, high-school dropout, sometime farmer, would-be soldier, fox-hunter, heavy drinker and creative genius led a chaotic, often unhappy, but ultimately productive life, as he turned his family and region's often tragic history into great art. This course will examine some of his early works in order to investigate the unfolding of his genius, and then look at its full-blown expression in the later masterworks that led to Faulkner's two Pulitzer Prizes and the Nobel Prize. Books to be examined: Flags in the Dust, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, The Unvanquished, Absalom, Absalom!, and Go Down, Moses. We shall also read some of Faulkner's poetry and essays, and a number of his great short stories. Requirements: Two papers, one involving research; frequent reading quizzes; mid-term and final examinations.