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Light in August Handout

EN304 William Faulkner, Light in August (1932)

Highly Recommended

Joseph Blotner, Faulkner: A Biography, 2 vols. (Chatto & Windus, 1974)

Richard Gray, The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography (Blackwell, 1994)

Michael Millgate ed., New Essays on Light in August (Cambridge University Press, 1987)

Arnold Goldman, “Faulkner and the Revision of Yoknapatawpha History,” in Bradbury and Palmer, The American Novel and the Nineteen Twenties, Stratford-upon-Avon Studies (Edward Arnold, 1971)

Some Relevant Chapters in the Secondary Reading

“Approaches to Regionalism,” in Campbell & Kean, American Cultural Studies.

“The Old South,” and “The Thirties,” in Bradbury & Temperley, Introduction to American Studies.

“Radical Reassessments,” in Ruland & Bradbury, From Puritanism to Postmodernism.


Victor Fleming dir., Gone with the Wind, 1939

Norman Jewison dir., In the Heat of the Night, 1967

Alan Parker dir., Mississippi Burning, 1988

Mira Nair dir., Mississippi Masala, 1992

Further Reading

Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio (1919)

Zora Neale Hurston, Mules and Men (Harper, 1990, first published 1935).

Alan Lomax, The Land Where Blues Began (Minerva, 1994)

Nicholas Lemann, the Promised Land: the Great Black Migration and How it Changed America (Vintage, 1992)

Alice Walker, Meridian (Women’s Press, 1982)

Richard Wright, Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth (Victor Gollancz, 1947)