Authored By: Preeti Oza
Year of Publication: 2019
|Pages: 116||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: Literary Criticism & Theory
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William Faulkner remains one of the key figures in American Fiction. Before Faulkner’s arrival on the literary scene, American fiction was mostly confined to a social and political issue, most of the non-controversial type. The arrival of Faulkner bought about a revolutionary change in the literary scenario. Mustering more courage than his predecessor, who felt afraid to deal with controversial and shameful realities like racism, miscegenation, etc. Faulkner bought literary treatment of the social and psychological aspect of racism to the forefront. Through his acclaimed novels like ‘Sartoris’, ‘The Sound and The Fury’, ‘Absalom, Absalom!,’ ‘The Unvanquished’ and ‘Intruder in the Dust’, Faulkner jolted his white readers, making them aware of the harsh realities of racial segregation and racial exploitation in their so-called progressive society, thought to be a model society for the entire world. It required extraordinary courage for a white novelist like Faulkner to expose the racial misdeeds of his own white brethren. In spite of some initial opposition from racist critics and readers who believed in the doctrine of white supremacy, Faulkner succeeded in his noble task of drawing sympathy from his readers towards the sorry plight of the blacks in the predominantly white American society. Through, his novels, Faulkner made his readers conscious of the fact that even though after the civil war, the Blacks had gained official recognition as equal citizens, yet they were subjected to racial abuses and exploitation in the field of education and employment. Faulkner’s novels are thus important not only from the literary point of view but also from the social and racial point of view for succeeding to a large extent in creating awareness for the urgent need of a racially integrated society.
Dr. Preeti Oza (Ph.D., M. Phil., PGD in Mass Communication and Journalism) is a faculty at St Andrew's College, University of Mumbai. She is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Hong Kong working in the area of Dalit and Buddhist studies. Her major research areas are marginal Literature, Dalit Literature, and skill development through Language Acquisition. She has teaching experience of more than 15 years and has presented and published six books and papers in many international and national seminars and conferences.