Lesson 1
Images of Faulkner's Oxford, Mississippi
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Dimock, Wai Chee . AMST 246: HEMINGWAY, FITZGERALD, FAULKNER, Fall 2011 Yale OpenCourseWare: American Studies, Accessed 16/9/14 http://oyc.yale.edu/american-studies/amst-246/lecture-6 License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license Professor Wai Chee Dimock begins her discussion of The Sound and the Fury by presenting Faulkner’s main sources for the novel, including Act V, Scene 5 of Macbeth and theories of mental deficiency elaborated by John Locke and Henry Goddard. Her main focus is on the experimental subjectivity of the novel’s first section which is narrated by Benjy Compson, a mentally retarded 33 year old who is completely innocent of his family’s decline and fall in 1920s Jefferson, Mississippi.


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