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Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 3 of 3. Physical Description ix, p. Series Southern literary studies Subjects Faulkner, William, -- Criticism and interpretation.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism. Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Evans pairs the writings of America's most intellectually challenging modern novelist, William Faulkner, and the ideas of America's most revolutionary modern philosopher, William James.
Though Faulkner was dubbed an idealist after World War II, Evans demonstrates that Faulkner's writing is deeply connected to the emergence of pragmatism as an intellectual doctrine and cultural force in the early twentieth century.
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He casts this figure as the missing link between Faulkner and James, giving him new prominence in the prehistory of pragmatism. William James and the transaction of confidence Retailing truth: Notes Includes bibliographical references p. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Related resource Table of contents only at http: By avoiding conclusion and finality, these three novels embody the pragmatic belief that life and the world are unstable and constantly evolving. Absalom, Absalom stages a conflict of historical discourses that -- much like the pragmatic concept of truth -- can never be ultimately resolved.
Evans shows us how Faulkner explores the conventional and arbitrary status of racial identity in Go Down, Moses, in a way that is strikingly similar to James's criticism of the concept of identity in general. Finally, Evans reads The Hamlet, a work that is often used to support the idea that Faulkner is opposed to modernity, as a depiction of a distinctly pragmatic and modern world.
Understanding James, Understanding Modernism
Evans, Dalhousie University, Canada Part 1: James and Modernist Culture 7 James and Bergson: Many of James's well-known ideas-including pragmatism, pluralism, philosophical temperaments, radical empiricism, stream of thought, and the will to believe-are illuminated in strikingly novel ways in this context. It turns out that modernism, emphasizing temporality, change, and the 'flux' of reality in contrast to fixity, abstraction, and unchanging essences, captures much of what is central to James's basic pragmatist, pluralist, and empiricist approach.
The book offers an astonishing breadth and coverage, a plurality of perspectives on his thought that James himself would have admired. They offer a fresh and convincing account of his intersections with boldly innovative modern writers, beginning with his own brother Henry. It shows precisely how James translated experience into modernity, negotiating between the claims of science and opening pluralistic worlds in thought and practice.
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The strength of the collection is the way it addresses the entire range of James's works and offers a wealth of multiple relations between James, modernism and literature. James's reflections on the nature of consciousness, religious experience, time, and meaning profoundly affected a range of artists, writers, and social and philosophical theorists-including his brother Henry James, W.