University of Mississippi

Historiography and Ideology in Stuart Drama

by Ivo Kamps
This is the first study to explore the Stuart history play. Writing in the shadow of Shakespeare, Stuart playwrights have traditionally been evaluated through the aesthetic and political concerns of the sixteenth century. Ivo Kamps’ study traces the development of Stuart drama in the radically different environment of the seventeenth century. A new consciousness of what history entailed, he claims, emerged during this period, materially affecting the structure of historical drama. Stuart drama used this new interest in historiography to undermine inherited forms of political and literary authority.

Global Faulkner

Edited by Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie
Today, debates about globalization raise both hopes and fears. But what about during William Faulkner’s time? Was he aware of worldwide cultural, historical, and economic developments? Just how interested was Faulkner in the global scheme of things?

The contributors to Global Faulkner suggest that a global context is helpful for recognizing the broader international meanings of Faulkner’s celebrated regional landscape. Several scholars address how the flow of capital from the time of slavery through the Cold War period in his fiction links Faulkner’s South with the larger world. Other authors explore the literary similarities that connect Faulkner’s South to Latin America, Africa, Spain, Japan, and the Caribbean. In essays by scholars from around the world, Faulkner emerges in trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific contexts, in a pan-Caribbean world, and in the space of the Middle Passage and the African Atlantic. The Nobel laureate’s fiction is linked to that of such writers as Gabriel García Márquez, Wole Soyinka, Miguel de Cervantes, and Kenji Nakagami.

Faulkner in America

With essays by Kathryn B. McKee and Richard Godden, Catherine Gunther Kodat, Peter Nicolaison, Charles A. Peek, Noel Polk, Hortense J. Spillers, Joseph R. Urgo, Linda Wagner-Martin, and Charles Reagan Wilson

William Faulkner is Mississippi’s most famous author and arguably one of the country’s greatest writers. But what was his relationship with America? How did he view the nation, its traditions, its issues?

In ten essays from the 1998 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, held at the University of Mississippi, Faulkner in America looks closely at the exchange between William Faulkner the writer and his national affiliation. Collectively, the essays ask which American ideas, identities, and conflicts we should associate with Mississippi’s Nobel Laureate.

Tom Franklin, Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing & Beth Ann Fennelly, Associate Professor

Chris Offutt, Assistant Professor of English

Ford, Offutt, Ginsburg, and Chancellor Jones

Josh Weil, John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence 2011-2012

Ethel Young-Scurlock, Associate Professor of English & Senior Fellow at the Lucky Day Residential College

Richard Ford, Professor of English and Senior Fiction Writer

Telling Our Stories: Continuities and Divergences in Black Autobiographies

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by Adetayo Alabi
Telling Our Stories investigates the continuities and divergences in selected Black autobiographies from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. The selected autobiographies of slaves, creative writers, and political activists are discussed both as texts produced by individuals who are in turn products of specific societies at specific periods and as interconnected books. The book pays particular attention to the various societies that produce the autobiographies directly to identify influences of environmental and cultural differences on the texts. To foreground the network these autobiographies form, on the other hand, the study adopts cross-cultural and postcolonial reading approaches to examine the continuities and divergences in them.