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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Donald Kartiganer

Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies Emeritus


  • Ph.D., Brown University (1960-64)
  • M.A., Columbia University (1959-60)
  • B.A., Brown University (1955-59)

Authored Book

  • The Fragile Thread: The Meaning of Form in Faulkner’s Novels (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1979).

Coedited Books

  • Theories of American Literature (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1972).
  • Faulkner and Psychology (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1994).
  • Faulkner and Ideology (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995).
  • Faulkner and the Artist (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996).
  • Faulkner and Gender (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996)
  • Faulkner in Cultural Context (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997)
  • Faulkner and the Natural World (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999).
  • Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000).


  • “Process and Product: A Study of Modern Literary Form.” Part I, Massachusetts Review XII, 2 (Spring 1971): 297-328; Part II, Massachusetts Review XII, 4 (Fall, 1971): 789-816 [W.C. Williams, T.S. Eliot, Conrad, Faulkner]

Guest Journal Editor

  • Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Culture, Special Issue: William Faulkner,46 (Summer 1993).
  • Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Culture, Special Issue: William Faulkner, 47 (Summer 1994).

Essays in Books

  • “Zuckerman Bound: The Celebrant of Silence,” The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth, ed Timothy Parrish (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 35-51.
  • “‘By it I Would Stand or Fall: Life and Death in As I Lay Dying“, A Companion to William Faulkner, ed. Richard Moreland (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007), 429-444.
  • “A Tale of Two Novels,” in Teaching As I Lay Dying, ed. Patrick O’Donnell and Lynda Zwinger, Modern Language Association, forthcoming. (6000 words)
  • “Quentin Compson and Faulkner’s Drama of the Generations,” in Critical Essays on William Faulkner: The Compson Family, ed. Arthur Kinney (Boston: G.K. Hall Co., 1982), 381-401.
  • “Freud Reading: Tradition, Technique, ‘The Wolf Man'” in The Psychoanalytic Study of Literature, ed. Joseph Reppen and Maurice Charney (Hillsdale, N.J.: Analytic Press, 1984, 1-35.
  • “William Faulkner,” in The Columbia Literary History of the United States, ed Emory Elliot (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988), 887-909.
  • “Fictions of Metamorphosis: From Goodbye Columbus to Portnoy’s Complaint,” inReading Philip Roth, ed. Asher Milbauer and Donald Watson (London: Macmillan Press, 1987), 82-104.
  • “Faulkner’s Art of Repetition,” in Faulkner and the Craft of Fiction, ed Doreen Fowler and Ann Abadie (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1989), 21-47.
  • “‘Now I Can Write’: Faulkner’s Novel of Invention,” in New Essays on The Sound and the Fury, ed Noel Polk (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), 71-97.
  • “‘What I Chose to Be’: Freud, Faulkner, Joe Christmas, and the Abandonment of Design,” in Faulkner and Psychology, ed Donald Kartiganer and Ann Abadie (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1994), 288-314.
  • “Learning to Remember: Faulkner’s ‘Rose of Lebanon,'” in William Faulkner’s Short Fiction: An International Symposium, ed. Hans H. Skei (Oslo: Solum Forlag, 1997), 49-59.
  • “Forward,” in William Faulkner: A Centennial Tribute, ed. Samdatta Manual (New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1999), 9-13.
  • “Reading Faulkner” in Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect, ed Donald M. Kartiganer and Ann Abadie(Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2000), xiii-xxvi.
  • “Faulkner’s Missing Facts,” in Renaissance and Modern Studies: Faulkner and Modernism, ed. Richard B. Ellis, Vol. 41, 1998. 13-28.
  • “Getting Good at Doing Nothing: Faulkner, Hemingway, and the Fiction of Gesture,”Faulkner and His Contemporaries, ed. Joseph Urgo and Ann Abadie (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004), 54-73.
  • “Faulkner’s Comic Narrative of Community,” A Gathering of Evidence: Essays on William Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust ed. Michel and patrick Samway, S.J. (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press and Fordham University Press, 2004), 131-149.


  • “Go Down, Moses: Faulkner’s Elegy for the South,” Hiroshima Studies in American Ethnic Literature, 2 (2006): 1-22.
  • “‘Listening to the Voices’: Public and Fictional Language in Faulkner,” Southern Quarterly (Winter 2008): 28-43.
  • “Job and Joseph K.: Myth in Kafka’s The Trial.” Modern Fiction Studies 7 (Spring 1962): 31-43.
  • “The Role of Myth in Absalom, Absalom!” Modern Fiction Studies 9 (Winter 1963-64): 357-69).
  • “Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!: The Discovery of Values.” American Literature 37 (November 1965): 291-306.
  • “The Sound and the Fury and Faulkner’s Quest for Form.” ELH 37 (December 1970): 618-39.
  • “The Criticism of Murray Krieger: The Expansions of Contextualism.” Boundary 2, a Journal of Postmodern Literature 2 (Spring 1974): 584-607.
  • “‘A Ceremony of the Usual Thing’: Notes on Kafka’s Development.” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 20 (Winter 1978), 43-65.
  • “The Divided Protagonist: Reading as Repetition and Discovery.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 30 (Summer, 1990): 281-303.
  • “Ghost Writing: Philip Roth’s Portrait of the Artist.” Association for Jewish Studies Review 13 (Spring-Fall 1988): 153-69.
  • “The Farm and the Journey: Ways of Mourning and Meaning in As I Lay Dying.” The Mississippi Quarterly 43 (Summer 1990), 281-303.
  • “A Marriage of Speaking and Hearing” [Faulkner and Phil Stone]. The Oxford American#1 (Spring 1992): 63-70.
  • “Introduction to ‘Rose of Lebanon.'” Oxford American (May-June 1995): 51-3.
  • “The Long Shadow.” [Faulkner] Oxford American #18 (1997): 38-43.
  • “‘So I, Who had Never had a War . . .’: William Faulkner, War, and the Modern Imagination.” Modern Fiction Studies 44 (Fall 1998), 619-45).
  • “Body and Myth, Semiotic and Symbolic: The Space Between,” The Poetics of the Body in Eudora Welty: Fiction and Photography, ed. Geraldine Chouard and Danielle Pitavy-Souques (Rennes:University Press of Rennes, 2005), 157-162.

Review Articles

  • “Texts, Contexts . . . And a Curious Lacuna,” Faulkner Journal (Spring 2008): 67-83.
  • “The New Novel in America.” Massachusetts Review 21 (Winter 1971):174-80.
  • “Perversions, Disjunctions, Margins: The Underside, Inside, and Outside of Faulkner.”Mississippi Quarterly 42 (Summer 1989): 317-32.
  • “Sigmund Freud: The Return to Origins.” Congress Monthly 59 (July/August 1992): 18-21.
  • “‘Oh, I know who you are. You’re William Faulkner: You Look Just like Your Pictures.”Oxford American #30 (November/December 1999): 84-87.
  • “Faulkner Criticism: A Partial View.” Faulkner Journal (Fall 2000/ Spring 2001): 81-97.


  • Eric Cheyfitz, The Trans-parent: Sexual Politics in the Language of Emerson. Review of Psychoanalytic Books 2 (1981): 515-19.
  • Lawrence M. Schwartz, Creating Faulkner’s Reputation: The Politics of Modern Literary Criticism. American Literature 62 (March 1990): 139-40.
  • John N. Duvall, Faulkner’s Marginal Couple: Invisible, Outlaw, and Unspeakable Communities. Modern Philology 90 (November 1992): 298-302.
  • Jeanne Campbell Reesman, American Designs: The Late Novels of James and Faulkner. The Henry James Review 14 (Spring 1993): 231-33.
  • Joel Williamson, William Faulkner and Southern History. New York Newsday (August 16, 1993): 35.
  • Thomas Inge ed. Conversations with William Faulkner and Kevin Railey, Natural Aristocracy: History, Ideology, and the Production of William Faulkner. Modernism/Modernity 7 (January 2000): 168-71.
  • Richard Godden, Fictions of Labor: William Faulkner and the South’s Long Revolution. Modern Language Review 95 (2000): 494-96


  • “‘By it I Would Stand or Fall: Life and Death in As I Lay Dying,” from A Companion to William Faulkner, in As I Lay Dying, A Norton Critical Edition, ed. Michael Gorra (forthcoming).
  • “The Role of Myth in Absalom, Absalom!“, from Modern Fiction Studies Winter 1963-64): 357-69, in Modern Fiction Studies: William Faulkner (forthcoming)
  • “‘So I, Who had Never had a War . . .’ William Faulkner, War, and the Modern Imagination,” Modern Fiction Studies, 44 (Fall 1998): 619-45), in Modern Fiction Studies: William Faulkner(forthcoming)
  • Light in August,” from The Fragile Thread. In William Faulkner’s “Light in August”: A Critical Casebook, ed. Francois L. Pitavy (New York: Garland Publishing, 1982), 91-105.
  • “Absalom, Absalom!” from The Fragile Thread, in Faulkner: New Perspectives, ed Richard Brodhead (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1983), 153-73.
  • “The Meaning of Form in The Sound and the Fury,” from The Fragile Thread, in The Sound and the Fury: A Norton Critical Edition, ed David Minter (New York: W.W. Norton, 1987), 360-78.
  • “Absalom, Absalom!: The Discovery of Values,” from American Literature, 37 (November 1965) in On Faulkner: The Best from American Literature, ed Louis Budd & Edwin Cady (Durham: Duke University Press, 1989), 42-57.
  • “Light in August” from The Fragile Thread, in William Faulkner’s “Light in August,” ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publisher, 1990), 9-41.
  • “The Sound and the Fury,” from The Fragile Thread, in William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” ed Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publisher, 1988), 23-38.
  • “Job and Joseph K.: Myth in Kafka’s The Trial,” from Modern Fiction Studies 8 (Spring 1962), in Twentieth-Century Criticism (New York: Gale Research Co.)
  • “The Divided Protagonist: Reading as Repetition and Discovery,” from Texas Studies in Literature and Language 30 (Summer 1988), in Critical Assessments of Writers in English, ed. Joseph J. Martin (Canterbury: Christopher Helm Publishers).
  • “The Divided Protagonist: Reading as Repetition and Discovery,” (section on Heart of Darkness) in Major Literary Characters: Marlow, ed Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publishers).
  • “The Meaning of Form in The Sound and the Fury,” from The Fragile Thread, in The Sound and the Fury: A Norton Critical Edition, Second Edition, ed. David Minter (New York: W. W. Norton, 1994), 324-43.
  • “‘So I, Who had Never had a War . . .’: William Faulkner, War, and the Modern Imagination,” in Seven Decades of Faulkner Criticism, ed. Linda Wagner-Martin (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press), forthcoming.
  • “Faulkner’s Comic Narrative of Community,” Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: Essays in British and American Literature and Studies in Honor of Prof. Irena Przemecka, ed. Grazyna and Andrzej Branny (Krakow: Instytut Filologii Angielski, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, 2004) 139-150.
  • “Reading Faulkner,” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism: Criticism of Various Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature, Volume 170, ed. Thomas j. Schoenberg and Lawrence T. Trudeau (Detroit: Thompson/Gale. 2006), 140-147.


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