Join us for an IN-PERSON SIGNING EVENT with three University Press of Mississippi authors: ROBERT HAMBLIN for his new book CRITICAL ESSAYS ON WILLIAM FAULKNER, JACK ELLIOTT for his new book TO THE RAMPARTS OF INFINITY: COLONEL W.C. FALKNER AND THE RIPLEY RAILROAD, and PAUL HARDIN KAPP for his new book HERITAGE AND HOOP SKIRTS: HOW NATCHEZ CREATED THE OLD SOUTH.
About Critical Essays on William Faulkner and Robert Hamblin:
A career-encompassing selection of literary essays from one of the most influential Faulkner scholars.
Critical Essays on William Faulkner compiles scholarship by noted Faulkner studies scholar Robert W. Hamblin. Ranging from 1980 to 2020, the twenty-one essays present a variety of approaches to Faulkner’s work. While acknowledging Faulkner as the quintessential southern writer—particularly in his treatment of race—the essays examine his work in relation to American and even international contexts. The volume includes discussions of Faulkner’s techniques and the psychological underpinnings of both the origin and the form of his art; explores how his writing is a means of “saying 'no' to death"; examines the intertextual linkages of his fiction with that of other writers like Shakespeare, Twain, Steinbeck, Warren, and Salinger; treats Faulkner’s use of myth and his fondness for the initiation motif; and argues that Faulkner’s film work in Hollywood is much better and of far greater value than most scholars have acknowledged.
About To The Ramparts of Infinity and Jack Elliott:
An in-depth exploration of the life and works of the man who would one day serve as a model and influence to his great-grandson, William Faulkner.
Before William Faulkner, there was Colonel William C. Falkner (1825–1889), the great-grandfather of the prominent and well-known Mississippi writer. The first biography of Falkner was a dissertation by the late Donald Duclos, which was completed in 1961, and while Faulkner scholars have briefly touched on the life of the Colonel due to his influence on the writer’s work and life, there have been no new biographies dedicated to Falkner until now. To the Ramparts of Infinity: Colonel W. C. Falkner and the Ripley Railroad seeks to fill this gap in scholarship and Mississippi history by providing a biography of the Colonel, sketching out the cultural landscape of Ripley, Mississippi, and alluding to Falkner’s influence on his great-grandson’s Yoknapatawpha cycle of stories.
About Heritage and Hoop Skirts and Paul Hardin Kapp:
How Depression-era women rallied for preservation and manufactured a lasting tourism mythos.
For over eighty years, tourists have flocked to Natchez, Mississippi, seeking the “Old South,” but what they encounter is invention: a pageant and rewrite of history first concocted during the Great Depression. In Heritage and Hoop Skirts: How Natchez Created the Old South, author Paul Hardin Kapp reveals how the women of the Natchez Garden Club saved their city, created one of the first cultural tourism economies in the United States, changed the Mississippi landscape through historic preservation, and fashioned elements of the Lost Cause into an industry.
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