LIGHT IN AUGUST: FAULKNER’S VISION OF AMERICAN IDENTITY

MARCH 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30 – 8:30 pm

William Faulkner published Light in August in 1932, in between his darkest tragedies, The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! Yet within its fast-moving, intricately crafted double plot, two powerful images emerge as precursors of the high comic vision that would mark the final phase of his work: Joe Christmas as emblem of America’s benighted racial past and Lena Grove as emblem of its yeoman stock. Although they never meet in the novel, Joe and Lena together represent the perils and the promises of the American dream. Given the racial challenges that still face us and the renewed prominence of the “folk” world-wide, Light in August is particularly timely and relevant today.

Edition ISBN: 978-0679732266