Wednesday, December 14, 2022

"William Faulkner and the Materials of Writing"

Coming soon from Cambridge University Press: William Faulkner and the Materials of Writing by Jonathan Berliner.

About the book, from the publisher:

William Faulkner and the Materials of Writing examines the many physical texts in Faulkner's novels and stories from letters and telegrams to Bibles, billboards, and even the alphabetic shape of airport runways. Current investigations in print culture, book history, and media studies often emphasize the controlling power of technological form; instead, this book demonstrates how media should be understood in the context of its use. Throughout Faulkner's oeuvre, various kinds of writing become central to characters forming a sense of the self as well as bonds of intimacy, while ideologies of race and gender connect to the body through the vehicle of writing. This book combines close reading analysis of Faulkner's fiction with the publication history of his works that together offer a case study about what it means to live in a world permeated by media.
Visit Jonathan Berliner's website.

--Marshal Zeringue