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"If I had been there I could not have seen it this plain": Minnesforskning och William Faulkners Absalom, Absalom! 
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this essay I employ memory theories to examine Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. How are the memories depicted and how do they function in the novel? What are the characters 'allowed' to remember? Scholars that have written about William Faulkners usage of memories and narrative time in his novels, often claim that they together represent and create a sense of determinism and/or fatalism. Even though I agreed with that opinion, regarding time and memory in a lot of Faulkners novels, I wondered if these features in the text might not represent/mean something more, beyond that. One scholar have expressed the view that William Faulkners characters resemble blind marionettes of Destiny. I instead claim that the characters themselves, via their individual memories and temporal relations, create an internal determinism, connected with cultural memory, norms and traditions. I try to examine both the individual memories, as depicted in the novel, and the novel in its entirety, using different memory theories and narratology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
William Faulkner, memory studies, time, memory
Keyword [sv]
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!, minnesforskning, Neumann, berättarteknisk tid, minne
National Category
General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21489OAI: diva2:689972
Subject / course
Comparative Literature
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2014-01-23 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2016-04-15Bibliographically approved

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