Inheriting Stanley Cavell

"Accomplished scholars and writers-some of them lifelong friends, students, and colleagues, others strangers and skeptical critics of Stanley Cavell-think and re-think the nature of their personal, impersonal (and our collective) ...

Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501358180

Category: Literary Criticism

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"Accomplished scholars and writers-some of them lifelong friends, students, and colleagues, others strangers and skeptical critics of Stanley Cavell-think and re-think the nature of their personal, impersonal (and our collective) intellectual indebtedness to Cavell's half-century of contributions to philosophy, religion, literary studies, music, and cinema"--
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Inheriting Stanley Cavell

contends with the fact that he has been brought to court to articulate— or, as the case may be, fall mute in—his claim to an inheritance (much as Adam and Amanda Bonner's marriage was brought to court in Adam's Rib"), Cavell recognizes ...

Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501358203

Category: Literary Criticism

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Some of the people who knew Stanley Cavell best--or know his work most intimately--are gathered in Inheriting Stanley Cavell to lend critical insight into the once and future legacy of this American titan of thought. Former students, colleagues, long-time friends, as well as distant admirers, explore moments when their personal experiences of Cavell's singular philosophical and literary illuminations have, as he put it, “risen to the level of philosophical significance.” Many of the memories, dreams, and reflections on offer in this volume carry with them a welcome register of the autobiographical, expressing--much as Cavell did through his own writing--how the personal can become philosophical and thus provide a robust mode for the making of meaning and the clarifying of the human condition. Here, in varied styles and through a range of dynamic content, authors engage the lingering question of inheriting philosophy in whatever form it might take, and what it means to think about inheritance and enact it.
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Movies with Stanley Cavell in Mind

In Movies with Stanley Cavell in Mind, some of the scholars who have become essential for our understanding of Stanley Cavell's writing on film gather to use his landmark contributions to help us read new films-from Hollywood and elsewhere ...

Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501351938

Category: Performing Arts

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In Movies with Stanley Cavell in Mind, some of the scholars who have become essential for our understanding of Stanley Cavell's writing on film gather to use his landmark contributions to help us read new films-from Hollywood and elsewhere-that exist beyond his immediate reach and reading. In extending the scope of Cavell's film philosophy, we naturally find ourselves contending with it and amending it, as the case may be. Through a series of interpretive vignettes, the group effort situates, for the expert and novitiate alike, how Cavell's writing on film can profitably enrich one's experience of cinema generally and also inform how we might continue the practice of serious philosophical criticism of specific films mindful of his sensibility. The resulting conversations between texts, traditions, disciplines, genres, and generations creates propitious conditions for discovering what it means to watch and listen to movies with Stanley Cavell in mind.
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The Thought of Stanley Cavell and Cinema

The present collection offers, for the first time anywhere, a concerted effort mounted by some of today's most compelling writers on film to take careful account of Cavell's legacy.

Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501349171

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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Stanley Cavell was, by many accounts, America's greatest philosophical thinker of film. Like Bazin in France and Perkins in England, Cavell did not just transform the American capacity to take film as a subject for philosophical criticism; he had to first invent that legitimacy. Part of that effort involved the creation of several key now-canonical texts in film studies, among them the seminal The World Viewed along with Pursuits of Happiness and Contesting Tears. The present collection offers, for the first time anywhere, a concerted effort mounted by some of today's most compelling writers on film to take careful account of Cavell's legacy. The contributors think anew about what precisely Cavell contributed, what holds up, what is in need to revision or updating, and how his writing continues to be of vital significance and relevance for any contemporary approach to the philosophy of film.
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Emerson s English Traits and the Natural History of Metaphor

In the first book-length study of English Traits in over half a century, LaRocca considers the presence of metaphors in Emerson's fertile text-a unique work in his expansive corpus, and one that is regularly overlooked.

Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441137029

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 408

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Metaphors are ubiquitous and yet-or, for that very reason-go largely unseen. We are all variously susceptible to a blindness or blurry vision of metaphors; yet even when they are seen clearly, we are left to situate the ambiguities, conflations and contradictions they regularly present-logically, aesthetically and morally. David LaRocca's book serves as a set of 'reminders' of certain features of the natural history of our language-especially the tropes that permeate and define it. As part of his investigation, LaRocca turns to Ralph Waldo Emerson's only book on a single topic, English Traits (1856), which teems with genealogical and generative metaphors-blood, birth, plants, parents, family, names and race. In the first book-length study of English Traits in over half a century, LaRocca considers the presence of metaphors in Emerson's fertile text-a unique work in his expansive corpus, and one that is regularly overlooked. As metaphors are encountered in Emerson's book, and drawn from a long history of usage in work by others, a reader may realize (or remember) what is inherent and encoded in our language, but rarely seen: how metaphors circulate in speech and through texts to become the lifeblood of thought.
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Movies with Stanley Cavell in Mind

Kenneth Dauber and Walter Jost (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2003) and Kenneth Dauber and K. L. Evans, “Revisiting Ordinary Language Criticism,” Inheriting Stanley Cavell, 141–59. 66 On this point, see Newton Garver, ...

Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501351921

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

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In Movies with Stanley Cavell in Mind, some of the scholars who have become essential for our understanding of Stanley Cavell's writing on film gather to use his landmark contributions to help us read new films-from Hollywood and elsewhere-that exist beyond his immediate reach and reading. In extending the scope of Cavell's film philosophy, we naturally find ourselves contending with it and amending it, as the case may be. Through a series of interpretive vignettes, the group effort situates, for the expert and novitiate alike, how Cavell's writing on film can profitably enrich one's experience of cinema generally and also inform how we might continue the practice of serious philosophical criticism of specific films mindful of his sensibility. The resulting conversations between texts, traditions, disciplines, genres, and generations creates propitious conditions for discovering what it means to watch and listen to movies with Stanley Cavell in mind.
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The Geschlecht Complex

Combining detailed case studies of "category problems" in literature, philosophy, theatre, media, cinema, and performing arts, with excerpts from canonical texts-by field-defining thinkers such as Derrida, Malabou, Nancy, and Irigaray-the ...

Author: Oscar Jansson

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ISBN: 9781501381928

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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The notion of Geschlecht-denoting gender, genre, kinship, kind, species, and more-exemplifies the most pertinent questions of the transnational and transdisciplinary structures of contemporary humanities: What happens when texts, things, and concepts are transferred or displaced from one language, tradition, or form to another? What is readily transposed, what is resistant to move, and what emerges as new? Drawing on Barbara Cassin's philosophy of untranslatability, scholars contributing to The Geschlecht Complex examine old queries into the ontological powers of naming in connection with concerns central to contemporary humanistic thought. Combining detailed case studies of concrete “category problems” in literature, philosophy, theatre, media, cinema, and performing arts with excerpts from canonical texts-by notable, field-defining thinkers such as Derrida, Malabou, Nancy, and Irigaray-the volume presents “the Geschlecht complex” as a fulcrum for any interpretive endeavor, as an invaluable mode of thought for the present and inevitable complexities of theorizing in the 21st century.
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In Quest of the Ordinary

Through his examination of such authors as Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, Stanley Cavell shows that romanticism and American transcendentalism represent a serious philosophical response to the challenge of skepticism that ...

Author: Stanley Cavell

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226417288

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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These lectures by one of the most influential and original philosophers of the twentieth century constitute a sustained argument for the philosophical basis of romanticism, particularly in its American rendering. Through his examination of such authors as Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, Stanley Cavell shows that romanticism and American transcendentalism represent a serious philosophical response to the challenge of skepticism that underlies the writings of Wittgenstein and Austin on ordinary language.
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Contending with Stanley Cavell

(NYUA, 81) But why is it Emerson and Thoreau, and not other writers, Cavell asks himself, that he is so insistent on inheriting? Other writers also lie in common behind Wittgenstein and Heidegger—the work of Kant itself, ...

Author: Russell B. Goodman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190291891

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

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Stanley Cavell has been a brilliant, idiosyncratic, and controversial presence in American philosophy, literary criticism, and cultural studies for years. Even as he continues to produce new writing of a high standard -- an example of which is included in this collection -- his work has elicited responses from a new generation of writers in Europe and America. This collection showcases this new work, while illustrating the variety of Cavell's interests: in the "ordinary language" philosophy of Wittgenstein and Austin, in film criticism and theory, in literature, psychoanalysis, and the American transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. The collection also reprints Richard Rorty's early review of Cavell's magnum opus, The Claim of Reason (1979), and it concludes with Cavell's substantial set of responses to the essays, a highlight of which is his engagement with Rorty.
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This New Yet Unapproachable America

In this brief yet enlightening collection of lectures, Cavell investigates the work of two of his most tried-and-true subjects: Emerson and Wittgenstein.

Author: Stanley Cavell

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226037417

Category: Philosophy

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Stanley Cavell is a titan of the academic world; his work in aesthetics and philosophy has shaped both fields in the United States over the past forty years. In this brief yet enlightening collection of lectures, Cavell investigates the work of two of his most tried-and-true subjects: Emerson and Wittgenstein. Beginning with an introductory essay that places his own work in a philosophical and historical context, Cavell guides his reader through his thought process when composing and editing his lectures while making larger claims about the influence of institutions on philosophers, and the idea of progress within the discipline of philosophy. In “Declining Decline,” Cavell explains how language modifies human existence, looking specifically at the culture of Wittgenstein’s writings. He draws on Emerson, Thoreau, and many others to make his case that Wittgenstein can indeed be viewed as a “philosopher of culture.” In his final lecture, “Finding as Founding,” Cavell writes in response to Emerson’s “Experience,” and explores the tension between the philosopher and language—that he or she must embrace language as his or her “form of life,” while at the same time surpassing its restrictions. He compares finding new ideas to discovering a previously unknown land in an essay that unabashedly celebrates the power and joy of philosophical thought.
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Stanley Cavell Literature and Film

But it isn't an identical practice of reading films Cavell inherits from Warshow, so much as an orientation toward American film, criticism, and experience. Warshow also gives us a way in to thinking about Cavell's inheritance or ...

Author: Andrew Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415509640

Category: Literary Criticism

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This is the first book to offer a thorough examination of the relationship that Stanley Cavell’s celebrated philosophical work has to the ways in which the United States has been imagined and articulated in its literature. Establishing the contours of Cavell’s most significant readings of American philosophical and cultural activity, the volume explores how his philosophy and the kind of reading it demands have an important relation to broader considerations of the American national imaginary. Focused, coherent, and original essays from a wide range of philosophers and critics consider how his investigations of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, for example, represent a sustained engagement with the ways in which philosophy might provide us with new ways of thinking and of living. This is the first detailed and comprehensive treatment of "America" as a category of enquiry in Cavell’s writing, engaging with the terms of Cavell’s various configurations of the nation and offering readings of American texts that illustrate the possibilities that Cavell’s work has, in turn, for literary and film criticism. This study of the role played by philosophy in the articulation of the American self-imaginary highlights the ways in which the reading of literature, and the practice of philosophy, are conjoined in the ethical and political project of national self-definition.
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Metacinema

Stanley Cavell, “An Interview with Stanley Cavell,” by James Conant, The Senses of Stanley Cavell (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, ... See my “Autophilosophy,” in Inheriting Stanley Cavell: Memories, Dreams, Reflections, ed.

Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190095376

Category: Performing Arts

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When a work of art shows an interest in its own status as a work of art-either by reference to itself or to other works-we have become accustomed to calling this move "meta." While scholars and critics have, for decades, acknowledged reflexivity in films, it is only in Metacinema, for the first time, that a group of leading and emerging film theorists join to enthusiastically debate the meanings and implications of the meta for cinema. In ten new essays on vital canonical films including 8-1/2, Holy Motors, Funny Games, and Clouds of Sils Maria, contributors chart, explore, and advance the ways in which metacinema is at once a mode of filmmaking and a heuristic for studying cinematic attributes. What results is not just an engagement with certain practices and concepts in widespread use in the movies (from Hollywood to global cinema, from documentary to the experimental and avant-garde), but also the development of a veritable and vital new genre of film studies. With more and more films expressing reflexivity, recursion, reference to other films, mise-en-abîme, seriality, and exhibiting related intertextual traits, the time is overdue for the kind of capacious yet nuanced critical study found in Metacinema.
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Stanley Cavell

The Comedy of Remarriage When Cavell talks of a ' genre ' of film , he does not mean a particular cinematic form ... The idea is that the members of a genre share the inheritance of certain conditions , procedures and subjects and goals ...

Author: Stephen Mulhall

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198238509

Category: Performing Arts

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Stephen Mulhall presents the first full philosophical study of the work of Stanley Cavell. Cavell, a leading contemporary American thinker, is best known for his highly influential contributions to the fields of film studies, Shakespearian literary criticism, and the confluence of psychoanalysis and literary theory; Mulhall examines the broad spectrum of his thought, elucidating its essentially philosophical roots and trajectory.
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Spain the United States and Transatlantic Literary Culture throughout the Nineteenth Century

Inheriting Stanley Cavell: Memories, Dreams, Reflections, edited by David LaRocca. New York: Bloomsbury, 275–320. ———. 2020b. “Must We Say What We Learned? Parsing the Personal and the Philosophical.” Inheriting Stanley Cavell: Memories ...

Author: John C. Havard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000461480

Category: Literary Criticism

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The relationship between the United States and Spain evolved rapidly over the course of the nineteenth century, culminating in hostility during the Spanish-American War. However, scholarship on literary connections between the two nations has been limited aside from a few studies of the small coterie of Hispanists typically conceived as the canon in this area. This volume collects essays that push the study of transatlantic connections between U.S. and Spanish literatures in new directions. The contributors represent an interdisciplinary group including scholars of national literatures, national histories, and comparative literature. Their works explore previously understudied authors as well as understudied works by better-known authors. They use these new archives to present canonical works in new lights. Moreover, they explore organic entanglements between the literary traditions, and how those traditions interface with Latinx literary history.
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The Cavell Reader

This volume is essential collection of readers from the work of Stanley Cavell, one of the most influential American philosophers of the twentieth century.

Author: Stephen Mulhall

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 0631197435

Category: Philosophy

Page: 432

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This volume is essential collection of readers from the work of Stanley Cavell, one of the most influential American philosophers of the twentieth century. It provides those who are unfamiliar with Cavell's work with an overview of its strategic purpose, its central theme, and its argumentative development.
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Photography s Materialities

He edited The Thought of Stanley Cavell and Cinema, Inheriting Stanley Cavell, and a suite of books in film-philosophy: The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman, The Philosophy of War Films, and The Philosophy of Documentary Film.

Author: Geoff Bender

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9789462702684

Category: Photography

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There is little dispute that photography is a material practice, and that the photograph itself is ineluctably material. And yet “matter,” “material,” and “materiality” have proven to be remarkably elusive terms of inquiry, frequently producing studies that are disparate in scope, sharing seemingly little common ground. Although the wide methodological range of materialist study can be dizzying, it is this book’s contention that that multiplicity is also the field’s greatest asset, keeping materialist inquiry enduringly vibrant—provided that varying methods are in close enough proximity to converse. Photography’s Materialities orchestrates one such conversation. Juxtaposing the insights of theorists like Lacan, Benjamin, and Latour beside close studies of crime, spirit, and composite photography, among others, this collection aims for a productive synergy, one capacious enough to span transatlantic spaces over the long nineteenth century. Contributors: Kris Belden-Adams (University of Mississippi), Maura Coughlin (Bryant University), David LaRocca (independent scholar), Jacob W. Lewis (University of Rochester), Mary Marchand (Goucher College), Zachary Tavlin (Art Institute of Chicago), Christa Holm Vogelius (University of Copenhagen)
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Stanley Cavell and the Potencies of the Voice

Emerson's reading of the cogito (in Cavell's reading) suggests that there is an uncreated part of the self, a part that it ... is that it questions any conception of the self that is not essentially at stake in the inheritance of words.

Author: Adam Gonya

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501349508

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Stanley Cavell was one of the most influential American philosophers of the past several decades. Yet because he is often read in connection with Wittgenstein, there has been little consideration of his work against the background of the larger German philosophical tradition. Stanley Cavell and the Potencies of the Voice brings Cavell into dialogue with Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on the question of how we make ourselves intelligible, opening up a new way of looking at central themes in Cavell's philosophy.
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Inheriting Walter Benjamin

heir must attend to the crack or fissure [Sprung] that traverses what is to be inherited. ... In 'Remains to be Seen', the philosopher Stanley Cavell reflects on Benjamin and the Arcades Project by asking: 'Why (according to what ...

Author: Gerhard Richter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474251266

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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Gerhard Richter examines, in the work of Walter Benjamin, one of the central problems of modernity: the question of how to receive an intellectual inheritance. Covering aspects of Benjamin's complex relationship to the legacies of such writers as Kant, Nietzsche, Kafka, Heidegger, and Derrida, each chapter attends to a key concern in Benjamin's writing, while reflecting on the challenges that this issue presents for the question of inheritability and transmissibility. Both reading Benjamin and watching himself reading Benjamin, Richter participates in the act of inheriting while also inquiring into the conditions of possibility for inheriting Benjamin's corpus today.
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Democracy and Education from Dewey to Cavell

Cavell’s principal sources are to be found in his inheritance of the work of Wittgenstein and J.L. Austin.

Author: Paul Standish

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 1119432715

Category: Philosophy

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Democracy and Education from Dewey to Cavell is an original interpretation of American philosophy, that explores the differences between Cavell and Deweyan pragmatism. Provides an account of Dewey’s achievement but also exposes the tensions between Dewey’s work and that of his predecessors, Emerson and Thoreau, especially in the light of the contemporary thinking of Stanley Cavell Sheds new light on the relationships between Cavell and poststructuralism and offers new insights into teaching and learning An exploration of education and transformation as essential to human life and culture Draws attention to the importance of Cavell’s importance for thinking about democracy and education in ways needed for the 21st century
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Faulkner s Inheritance

Inheritance. of. Race. MARTIN KREISWIRTH “A difference in which everything and nothing differs is uncanny.” —Stanley Cavell “The insanity of racism” —Toni Morrison From its inception, Sigmund Freud's notion of the “uncanny” has been ...

Author: Joseph R. Urgo

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781628468649

Category: Literary Collections

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Essays by Susan V. Donaldson, Lael Gold, Adam Gussow, Martin Kreiswirth, Jay Parini, Noel Polk, Judith L. Sensibar, Jon Smith, and Priscilla Wald William Faulkner once said that the writer “collects his material all his life from everything he reads, from everything he listens to, everything he sees, and he stores that away in sort of a filing cabinet . . . in my case it's not anything near as neat as a filing case; it's more like a junk box.” Faulkner tended to be quite casual about his influences. For example, he referred to the South as “not very important to me. I just happen to know it, and don't have time in one life to learn another one and write at the same time.” His Christian background, according to him, was simply another tool he might pick up on one of his visits to “the lumber room” that would help him tell a story. Sometimes he claimed he never read James Joyce's Ulysses or had never heard of Thomas Mann—writers he would elsewhere declare as “the two great men in my time.” Sometimes he expressed annoyance at readers who found esoteric theory in his fiction, when all he wanted them to find was Faulkner: “I have never read [Freud]. Neither did Shakespeare. I doubt if Melville did either, and I'm sure Moby-Dick didn't.” Nevertheless, Faulkner's life was rich in what he did, saw, and read, and he seems to have remembered all of it and put it to use in his fiction. Faulkner's Inheritance is a collection of essays that examines the influences on Faulkner's fiction, including his own family history, Jim Crow laws, contemporary fashion, popular culture, and literature.
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