Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2021

Taught By: Julie Beth Napolin

Section: A

CRN: 8490

Credits: 4

This course explores the origins of the fictional world of William Faulkner which he named "Yoknapatawpha County," or "my own little postage stamp of native soil." We will discuss the roots of his fiction in tall tales, oral culture and Civil War history, and how it was that this small region of Mississippi could become one of the most major sites of global modernism. We will note how world literature and philosophy intersect his work. Beginning with the short stories, we will see how his project was first an experiment in form and then changed to accommodate the most pressing division of his time: race and the legacy of slavery. We will read The Sound and the Fury, as well as several short stories related to its beginnings, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Sanctuary, The Unvanquished, and The Wild Palms. We will consider Faulkner's career as a screen writer and students will have the opportunity to contribute to a large scale digital mapping of his world, "Digital Yoknapatawpha." Students will also be encouraged to continue our work at the annual Yoknapatawpha meeting in Oxford, MS this summer.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021