William Faulkner and the Romance of the American Drifter

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235278 | DOI:
William Faulkner and the Romance of             the American Drifter

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This chapter presents a commentary on the novel Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. It suggests that the emergence of the protagonist Thomas Sutpen in the virgin hardwood forests indicates Faulkner's branching, self-engendering, mythologically nuanced narrative of the U.S. South. In addition, Sutpen's purchase of the antebellum plantation, his construction of the property with slave labor, and his procreation of dual black and white bloodlines constitute a grounding for the idyll of the American as can be extracted from Faulkner's self-referential fictive world.

Keywords: William Faulkner; Absalom; Thomas Sutpen; U.S. South; idyll; American fiction

Chapter.  8069 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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