ONLINE CLASS: Reading Race in Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses (21119)

Four Thursdays: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET

$120 (10% off for members)

James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Toni Morrison have each criticized Faulkner’s representation of Black life as insufficient, while at the same time acknowledging that he posed important questions about the logics of race in the US. How might we reconcile Faulkner’s representation of Black and Indigenous peoples? What does it mean to read Faulkner on race in the 21st century?

In this class, we will examine Faulkner’s treatment of Black life in his 1942 text Go Down, Moses, a novel that follows two family lines—the white McCaslins and the Black Beauchamps—from 1772 to the 1940s. Among our guides will be the Martiniquan philosopher-artist Édouard Glissant, whose 1996 text Faulkner, Mississippi offers compelling ways to make sense of Faulkner’s treatment of Black life by way of what he calls “the poetics of Relation,” or the interrelation of white, Indigenous, and Black people in his fiction and the world beyond it. Through an investigation of creolization, miscegenation, and the poetics of Relation, we will work to resist and read beyond racist representations of Black life while developing strategies for reading race in Faulkner’s fiction. 

Four Thursdays: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET Online

Requied Reading:

Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner (9780679732174)

Faulkner, Mississippi by Édouard Glissant (9780226299945)

Joanna Davis-McElligatt is an Assistant Professor of Black Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of English at the University of North Texas, where she is also affiliated faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. She is co-editor of Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education: Inside and Outside the Academy (Routledge, 2019), Narrating History, Home, and Dyaspora: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat (U of Mississippi P, forthcoming 2022), and BOOM! Splat: Comics and Violence (U of Mississippi P, under contract). She is currently at work on her first monograph entitled Black and Immigrant: Diaspora, Belonging, and Time in American Literature after 1965, a critical exploration of representations of immigrants of African descent to the U.S. from Afropolitans to Wakandan Americans. Her scholarly work appears or is forthcoming in south: a scholarly journal, The Faulkner Journal, Mississippi Quarterly, The Cambridge Companion to New Faulkner Studies (Cambridge UP, under contract), The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel (Cambridge UP, under contract), A History of the Literature of the U.S. South (Cambridge UP, 2021), and Small Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television (LSU P, 2017), among other places. She is currently serving as Member at Large for the William Faulkner Society.

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Go Down, Moses (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679732174
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 1991

Faulkner, Mississippi Cover Image
By Edouard Glissant, Barbara B. Lewis (Translated by), Thomas C. Spear (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780226299945
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Published: University of Chicago Press - June 15th, 2000