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[Past Event] Reading "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

This is probably my favorite twentieth-century novel, a book that confounds, challenges and satisfies in equal measure; a book that tests readers and then wrenches them from perplexity to sorrow. Faulkner called it "the most gallant, the most magnificent failure" of all his novels, his failure to render fully his beloved central character, Caddy Compson. We will consider the richly textured contexts of this novel: a book about the decline of the old South; about a dysfunctional family; about race and class and gender in the South; about the meaning of standard English speech; about economic and cultural displacement. "The Sound and the Fury" is a modernist classic; we will discuss why that is so and what that means for a 21st century reader.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16; Mar. 2, 9 *10:00 a.m. – noon* (4 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Susan Shillinglaw, Ph.D., is Professor of English, Emerita at San José State University and the former director of the National Steinbeck Center.