Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Germana, Michael Joseph URN etd-041899-130309 Title Forget Jerusalem: William Faulkner's Hyperreal Novel Degree Master of Arts Department English Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Hausman, Bernice L. Committee Chair Hatfield, Leonard L. Committee Member Kiebuzinska, Christine Committee Member Keywords
- Critical Theory
Date of Defense 1999-04-14 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis paper explores the relationality between Modernism and Postmodernism as well as between literature and theory by examining the works of two writers: master novelist William Faulkner, and high priest of Postmodernism, Jean Baudrillard. Specifically, this paper examines Faulkner’s eleventh novel—the oft-neglected If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem—as a proto-postmodern text which, when examined by the light of Baudrillard’s theory of simulacra and simulations, informs the transition from Modernism to Postmodernism.
This paper treats each author’s work as a lens through which to view the other. The result is both a re-vision of Faulkner’s social philosophy and a re-examination of the epistemic break that separates Faulkner’s philosophy from that of Baudrillard.
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